While buses are convenient modes of transportation for individuals in Seattle and other cities across the nation, they are also a source of many risks and dangers on the roadways. These vehicles transport a large number of passengers at one time, putting many lives at risk in the event of a bus crash. A bus driver is required to meet a certain standard of care while operating a bus in the line of work. Failure to do so places liability on them in the event of an accident.
Living in a major city has many perks. One of these is the ability to use public transportation. Whether it is a taxi, bus or train, this can provide easy and affordable ways for residents in Seattle to get around. While these are fairly reliable and safe modes of transportation, city buses are prone to risks and errors.
Washington buses have the ability to transport a large number of people at the same time. City buses, school buses and tour buses are a convenient way to get numerous passengers to the same place or area at the same time. While this is a cost-effective and efficient way to get around, buses do pose risks. If a driver is not properly trained or is inattentive, this could result in an accident. Likewise, a negligent motorist could collide with a bus, causing a serious bus accident.
During the school year, many parents in Washington and other states put their children on school buses as their primary source of transportation to and from school. While this is a common and relatively safe way to get students to school and back to their home, these are also large vehicles that are prone to causing massive accidents. Because a school bus transports a large amount of passengers, it creates a high risk for numerous injuries and even deaths in the event of a school bus accident.
Sometimes, we are unable to drive ourselves places. Whether one lives in a big city, does not own a vehicle or just wants to better the environment, many Seattle residents utilize public transportation to get around. This is not only convenient, but it also reduces our carbon footprint. While there are many benefits to taking the bus, a train or a taxi, there are also risks. Thee drivers are held to a higher standard, and if they breach their duty of care, this could result in a serious or even fatal public transportation accident.
As previously discussed, accidents involving busses can be especially tragic. Because these vehicles are designed to hold a multitude of passengers, when an accident ensues, numerous passengers could become victims. Additionally, most buses are not equipped with seatbelts. This can be the cause of passengers being tossed around and thrown about the bus during a collision, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries. Those harmed in a bus accident as well as the loved ones of those killed in a bus crash have recourses available to them if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party.
Most parents in Washington State and other states across the nation rely on school buses to get their children to and from school. While this is an efficient and helpful way to transport students, it is also a form of transportation that could result in a serious accident site if an collision ensues. School buses are massive vehicles that are not equipped with seatbelts, While safety features exist in the vehicle, this does not always prevent or reduce severe injuries being suffered by student passengers.
The legal term "exhaustion of administrative remedies" is often used when dealing with claims that may arise against governmental entities. While this can have many varied meanings, in general it means that some process or another has been set out by law or regulation by which a person who feels he or she has been wronged by an entity or a government employee may be able to ask for redress of whatever grievance he or she may have. It is often the case that the law requires that this process be completed before any plaintiff may file a civil claim against the government in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Previous posts here have discussed various mass transit accidents and the damage they can do to the vehicle's passengers, as well as members of the public. While conveyance methods such as busses, taxis and ferries have been around for a hundred years or more, and there are some fairly well-settled rules when it comes to liability involving such companies, there is a new kid on the block of urban transportation: ride-sharing.
Most residents of the greater Seattle metropolitan area will agree that it is a nice place to live. With a cosmopolitan city center, major sports franchises, plenty of artistic outlets, as well as access to nearby outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and water-related activities, the city has much going for it. Then there are the spectacular views of Mount Ranier and other local vistas, making western Washington a beautiful place to live or visit. Like any urban area, however, there are also dangers present underneath that shining façade. Having many people in a small area, and allowing them to travel from place to place relatively conveniently usually means some form of mass transit, like busses or trains. When an accident happens involving one of these vehicles, there are usually many people affected, many of them seriously.