When people think about traveling by bus, they may think about a school bus. While a school bus is an important method of travel for many of Washington State's children, other buses are frequently used by Washington residents. From city buses to coach buses, bus travel is important for many residents on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, it is important that this method of transportation is safe. Just like with other modes of transportation, the risk of serious accidents increases if proper safety measures are not taken.
People frequently travel in cars and other smaller passenger vehicles to get from place to place. However, in large cities, passenger vehicles share the roads with larger vehicles meant for mass transit -- generally buses. While some busses are meant for shorter trips, other buses can carry people across the state of Washington and even across the country. Passengers want to ensure that they are safe on these buses, and may, therefore, wonder if these bus drivers are subject to federal regulations.
Mass transit is important in large cities like Seattle. Buses, in particular, provide a valuable service and help to keep traffic to a minimum. However, these large vehicles can present a hazard to others. Without the right care, people inside the buses, bicyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles can be put at risk. The large size of a bus can easily cause massive injuries resulting in significant and unexpected expenses for crash victims.
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.
A Washington family has filed a lawsuit against a bus company following a serious accident that occurred last year. During the bus accident, an SUV carrying the family was driving on an overpass through a green light when a transit bus ran a red light and smashed into the family's car.
A Washington couple is lucky to be alive following a serious and deadly bus accident. According to reports, the couple was driving home from a weekend away when a FedEx truck drove across the highway's median and hit the couple's car. The truck then continued on and slammed into a coach bus carrying high school students.
Buses are an everyday part of many Washington residents' lives. Some people rely on school buses to take their children to school, others use mass transit busses to get to work and others ride on coach buses to take them on vacation. Whatever the reason people are riding a bus, Washington residents expect that the bus drivers are attentive, well rested and ready to get them safely to their destination. However, that sadly is not always the case. With even small mistakes on the part of the bus driver or the bus company, a serious bus accident can occur.