Bus accidents can involve both stationary and moving buses. They can happen due to traffic, distraction, negligent maintenance, defective parts, or the weather. No matter the causes of bus accidents, injuries often result. If you or someone you care about suffered injuries in a bus accident, contact Max Meyers Law PLLC at 425-399-7000 for help filing an injury claim today.
Types of Bus Accidents & Their Causes
These types of motor vehicle accidents can occur due to the negligence of the bus driver (e.g., she fails to adhere to the rules of the road or is texting and driving) or another driver (e.g., a driver who fails to stop for a school bus).
Road conditions (e.g., potholes or hazards in the roadway), weather (e.g., rain leading to limited visibility and slick roads), pedestrians (e.g., pedestrians often walk across the road without paying attention to cars), or other hazards can also be the cause of such an accident.
Slip & Fall Accidents
These can happen while boarding or disembarking from the bus, while walking to a seat on the bus, or even while standing while riding the bus. If the tread on the floor of the bus has worn out, if the floor is slick, if someone spilled something on it, or if it is wet because of the weather, it can be a slipping hazard.
Riders can also trip and fall while entering or exiting the bus; if the trip or slip and fall was due to the rider’s own distraction (e.g., texting), it is unlikely that the rider will be eligible for compensation. However, if the fall resulted from something out of the rider’s control, such as uneven flooring, the rider may be able to file an injury claim.
Accidents Caused by Defective or Negligently Maintained Equipment
Because of the large numbers of people depending on buses for safe transportation, ensuring the proper maintenance and manufacture of bus parts is essential. Failures of brakes, safety equipment, tires, doors, and other components can have catastrophic consequences.
How can I receive compensation for my injuries?
Regardless of how or why it happened, bus accidents can result in serious injuries to passengers, pedestrians, or occupants of other vehicles. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bus accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.