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.
With school back in session for most children in Washington, many parents worry about their kids' safety. They worry about whether their children get nutritious lunches, whether they are keeping up in school and whether they are safe. These safety concerns often don't end at the school doors, but parents are worried about whether their kids will make it to and from school safely on the bus.
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.
In large cities like Seattle, public transportation can be extremely important. Transit buses help to keep large numbers of cars and trucks off the road, reducing congestion. They also help people who cannot otherwise afford private transportation get from place to place. Without buses, people could be stranded.
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.
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.
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.