Bus accidents can involve vehicles used for public transportation, tour buses, school buses and buses run by private companies, and can be caused by any number of factors, including:
- Driver error
- Poor road conditions
- Weather conditions
- Improper Vehicle maintenance
- And more
Issues of liability can become complicated because the buses may be owned and operated by large companies or government entities.
In Seattle and throughout the State of Washington, bus accidents often result in catastrophic injuries to passengers, pedestrians, and riders in other vehicles. These may include brain and spinal cord injuries, sprains, fractures, burn injuries, soft tissue injuries, abrasions and death. Victims and their families can face colossal medical bills and may be too disabled to work. Personal injury lawyers experienced in dealing with bus accidents can help ensure that victims have access to all the resources they need to help put their lives back together.
Take this accident for example:
Just last month, six people were seriously hurt and one person critically injured in an accident involving a semi-truck and an airport shuttle charter bus on Seattle’s I-5 after a heavy rain shower had just blown through the area near the West Seattle Freeway off ramp one early afternoon.
The semi-truck lost control as he merged onto I-5 south from West Seattle and struck two cars and the bus. Of the six people injured, three of those, including the critically injured patient, were on the bus. All six were taken to a local hospital complaining of neck and back pain.
Dealing with the bus company or insurance company after a bus accident is nothing like dealing with an accident involving a private passenger car. It is urgent that you retain an experienced bus accident lawyer who can act quickly on your behalf to preserve your claim against the responsible party.
Under most state laws, common carriers have a higher level of responsibility to drive with the utmost care to protect the passengers and other vehicles sharing the road.
Washington Bus Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is important to understand all of your legal rights. At Phillips Law Firm, our bus accident attorneys are skilled in obtaining the maximum compensation for all of our clients. If your bus accident was caused by the driver error or bus company negligence, we will work diligently to help you file a lawsuit against the responsible party. We represent injured clients in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, and throughout the State of Washington. Call us today at 1-800-708-6000.