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Man injured in collision with METRO bus on Rainier Avenue South

Thumbnail image for King County Metro.jpgYesterday 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.

It's like getting hit by a bus

King County Metro.jpgWe'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.

Ownership of bus in Seattle bus accident may matter

This blog has previously touched on the term 'common carrier' and how it applies to bus accidents in Seattle. To refresh, a common carrier is any business or entity that transports goods or people from one place to another as its main business model. These entities generally owe a legal duty of care to their passengers, such as those who may be on a bus, whether it is a tour bus, a city bus, or a school bus. However, when someone is injured in a bus accident, how a victim can go about getting compensation may change depending on who owned the vehicle in question.

'Duck Bus' accidents take toll on industry in Seattle

Readers from the Seattle area know that in a city like this one, mass transit is a necessary way to get people from place to place. They are also likely aware that the city is a tourist destination and that the money brought in by tourists is a boon to the regional economy. One sight that residents may have seen is that of 'Duck Boats' or busses traveling the streets and waterways of Seattle.

Bus crash fatality total now stands at 6

When Washingtonians wave goodbye and watch as their kids head to the bus stop, they are entrusting their children to the bus, the bus driver, and the bus company that oversees both. When that trust is broken, the results can be tragic, as seen by a recent school bus accident getting nationwide press.

Wondering if you should file a lawsuit after a bus accident?

For many Washington residents, taking the bus is a daily activity. Some take the bus to go to school, others to go to work, others to get around in town. Whatever the reason, each time a Washington resident gets on a bus they run the risk of being involved in an accident. The unfortunate few who are caught in a bus accident may need to decide whether they want to file a lawsuit. To figure out whether doing so is a smart decision, ask yourself the following three questions.

What is a common carrier?

Ever ridden on a bus, a cruise ship or commercial airplane? If you have, then you have ridden on a common carrier; i.e., a company in the business of transporting people or goods. These carriers are liable for accidents caused by their vehicles, if the plaintiff can prove the common carrier was negligent.

Two Washington school buses collide

When Washington residents send their kids to school, they take it for granted that the big, yellow school bus will get their child safely from home to school and back. Indeed, the biggest worry probably is not vehicular safety, but rather the dangers posed by fellow students, whether in the form of bullying, drugs or something else. That trust in the safety of school buses is not always well placed.

Bus companies responsible for accidents

Buses crisscross Seattle's streets every day. Along the way, some will get in bus accidents. When they do, who is responsible: the bus driver, the bus company or both? Under the law, employers are responsible for their employees. This rule applies even if the employer did not intend or approve of the employee's action.

Fatal bus accident with cyclist in Seattle under investigation

Residents and visitors in Seattle use various forms of transportation methods to get to their destinations in the city. Whether an individual uses a personal car or public transportation, a variety of vehicles share the road. Because of that, automobiles, buses, cyclists and pedestrians often interact with one another on city and residential streets throughout the city and metro area. While metro buses are an excellent way to reduce the costs and pollution associated with personal vehicles, these large buses present some dangers to passengers and other travelers on the roadways.

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