As summer fades to fall, some commuters may start trading in their bikes for a bus pass. Buses are inexpensive, environmentally conscientious, and generally safe modes of transportation. However, given the sheer size and weight of a bus, the amount of passengers, and the possible distractions of the driver, there are a number of things that can go wrong.
In Philadelphia, thousands of commuters rely on SEPTA daily for buses and train trips. TheSoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority reported 15 SEPTA-caused deaths in 2011, although 8 were confirmed suicides. Given the thousands of riders that rely on SEPTA for transportation each day, these numbers are quite low. Injuries, however, are much more common. Bus-related injuries can have catastrophic effects on an individual’s health, medical stability, financial earning capacity, and loved ones.
On September 26, 2014, a SEPTA bus killed a 29-year-old woman and injured her son and another man. The victims were crossing at a crosswalk when the bus turned onto the road and struck them. Fortunately, there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident, which could have resulted in additional injuries or deaths. There is no evidence that legal charges have or will be filed, but there are a number of possible avenues a lawsuit could take in an accident such as this.
A catastrophic injury or wrongful death suit may be appropriate given the circumstances of the accident. These lawsuits are brought when someone suffers a debilitating or life-changing injury, or loses their life as a result of another person or entity’s carelessness. In a bus accident, those that are responsible could include the bus driver himself, the state or municipality hiring the driver and maintaining the vehicle, or mechanics or repair companies.
Lawsuits arising from commercial bus crashes pan out similarly to public buses. However, these suits are brought against private companies instead of the state or municipality. These are common suits arising from tour buses, private charter companies, or sporting event rentals. A recent tour bus accident in Delaware claimed the lives of two women and injured many more. The bus carried 49 passengers and overturned when going around a curve. These types of accidents are often catastrophic, as is evidenced by the injuries sustained in the Delaware crash.
If You Were in a Bus Accident . . .
Regardless of what type of bus you may be have been in, our experienced Pennsylvania bus accident attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC have the knowledge necessary to help you navigate your legal rights. If you or anyone you know has been injured on a school bus, public bus, commercial bus, or in any auto accident, we can help. We will advocate for you to ensure you and your loved ones receive the compensation you deserve to help you through this difficult time. Serving victims all across Pennsylvania, we are always available to consult with you about your potential legal claim. Do not hesitate to contact our offices located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania today.