Yesterday I blogged about the issues and concerns specific to collisions involving public transit busses, particularly King County METRO busses. Little did I know that as I was typing that blog, a man was being cut from his car and transported to Harborview Medical Center after a collision with a METRO bus at the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Brandon Street. For more information about the crash, read the article here.
We've all heard of King County METRO. It Is the government agency that operates the public bus service in King County. I've represented people injured in all kinds of claims involving King County METRO busses. I've represented pedestrians hit by busses, car drivers and passengers injured when their vehicle was hit by a bus, and bus passengers injured when the bus is involved in a collision. Sometimes those collisions are the bus driver's fault. Other times they are the fault of the person driving a car. In every case, there is a specific procedure you or your lawyer need to follow to make sure the claim is handled properly.
You were minding your business, just trying to get home from work on your daily bus commute. Perhaps you were reading a book, or listening to music. All of a sudden - BOOM! - The bus was in a collision and your body was thrown around. Perhaps a part of your body hit a post, a window, or a part of a seat. Perhaps your neck or back were strained by the impact. Either way, you are hurt and it's getting worse. What do you do next?
All of us at the Law Offices of Matthew Dubin send our thoughts and prayers to those injured in this horrible tragedy, and to the families of those killed.
Washington is home to many colleges and universities, most of which have to figure out a way to transport large groups of students at times. The best way to transport groups of people is often via bus. This type of transport is also more economical than cars because buses can transport more individuals at once. There are dangers to taking a bus, however. A bus usually does not have the same safety features as a car, such as an airbag or a seat belt for every occupant. These differences can make bus accidents even more dangerous for both passengers and others on the road.