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.
In large cities like Seattle, mass transit systems are extremely important. City busses allow large groups of people to easily and cost-effectively move around the city. Without a proper mass transit system, many people who could not afford cars could be stranded and others would be stuck dealing with even larger amounts of traffic. While city buses provide a valuable service to the residents of Seattle, they can also pose some danger. These large buses can easily cause serious injuries to pedestrians and other drivers should a bus accident occur.
An 18-year-old Washington teenager was killed in a bus accident in June. The teen had been walking to work when she was hit by a transit bus. Recently, the driver of the bus that failed to stop for the woman has been criminally cited. She has been charged with failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian and for driving carelessly. The teen was killed just three days before she was due to graduate high school.
Washington police are investigating an accident between an SUV and a commercial bus that has left three people with injuries. According to police, a casino bus - which was empty at the time of the accident - hit an SUV before its driver lost control and crashed into a nearby building. Following the accident, the bus driver and two passengers in the SUV were hurt and taken to local hospitals. Witnesses say that two other people fled from the SUV following the accident, however, it is not known whether they were hurt in the bus accident.
In a large city like Seattle, mass transit is essential in helping to move people from one place to another. Each day, large numbers of people rely on mass transit to get to work, school and recreational activities and back home again. While mass transit tends to be cheaper than private transportation, that shouldn't mean that it is less safe. In fact, mass transit drivers should ensure that people are safe while riding in the city.
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.