Every day, hundreds of buses make their way around the Puget Sound, transporting thousands of people to and from work, errands, or fun. When you hop aboard a bus, whether operated by Everett Transit, Sound Transit, King County Metro or another entity, you put your trust in the bus driver and the transit company to get you to your destination safely. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of bus trips in and around Seattle are without incident. But when bus accidents do occur, they can cause severe injuries to large numbers of people.
At Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC, we represent individuals and families who have been hurt or suffered losses in bus accidents. These accidents present unique issues and challenges that our personal injury lawyers navigate with experience, skill, and tenacity. We understand the struggles of those trying to recover after a serious bus accident injury and fight tirelessly to get the maximum amount of compensation available to help them move forward.
35,000 Bus Accident Injuries Each Year
Of the 976,161 registered buses that were traversing America’s roads and highways in 2016, over 16,000 were involved in crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This includes accidents involving school buses, municipal transit buses, and intercity buses or motorcoaches. Collectively, these accidents led to 35,000 injuries and 264 deaths.
Understanding Bus Accident Injury Claims
Many bus accidents involve the same factors found in car and truck collisions, including impaired, distracted or reckless driving or poor maintenance and equipment failures. Like all drivers, bus drivers need to operate their vehicles safely. But driving a large, cumbersome bus full of passengers regularly boarding and leaving, with frequent stops and lane changes, requires even more skill, attention, and training than needed to safely drive a passenger vehicle.
All too often, however, bus companies fail to adequately screen drivers’ backgrounds or safety records or provide necessary training. When an inexperienced or habitually reckless driver gets behind the wheel of a bus, tragedy can soon follow. Additionally, the entities that operate buses have responsibilities to ensure the safety of the buses themselves, through frequent inspections, maintenance, and necessary repairs.
After a bus accident, injury victims may be unclear about next steps, and about who may be held responsible for their injuries and losses. Indeed, bus accident claims can be complicated with multiple parties potentially at fault, and special rules and shorter time limits that apply to lawsuits against public entities which own and operate buses. If you fail to act quickly, you could lose any right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
Call Deno Millikan Today to Discuss Your Bus Accident Injury Claims
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Deno Millikan stand ready to help you and your family if you have suffered injuries in a bus accident. Contact our offices in Everett, Washington, today to arrange for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.