Most Common Bus Accidents
When most people hear the term “bus accident,” they think of a collision with another vehicle. While those types of crashes certainly occur, there are far more ways that you can potentially be harmed on a bus. Here are a few examples of the most common bus accidents in the state of Washington.
Most Common Bus Accidents | Boarding the Bus
A bus driver or busing company starts being responsible for your safety as soon as you attempt to get on the bus. It continues until you are safely away from the bus. That means that if you slip and fall while you are getting on or off the vehicle, the bus driver, busing company, or another party could be responsible for that fall. The most common example of this type of situation is if the driver parks the bus in an unsafe location, making it especially dangerous for you to enter or exit, such as over a pothole, large puddle, or an uneven surface.
Most Common Bus Accidents | Harmed on the Bus
You don’t have to be involved in a collision to suffer an injury as a passenger on a bus. For example, imagine that the bus driver was texting and looked up just in time to slam on the brakes and avoid an accident. While you did not crash into another vehicle, the impact could have pushed you into the chair in front of you, it could have caused debris to fly out and hit you, or it could have resulted in whiplash. The bus driver would clearly be at fault in that type of situation and would likely still have to pay for any injuries you experienced.
Most Common Bus Accidents | Injured by Another Person
There may be circumstances where you are harmed by a third party and the bus driver or bus company is responsible for that harm. Those situations are rare, however. A more likely circumstance is that there is a bus malfunction that causes you harm. For example, if the flooring is raised slightly and you trip over the raised portion while you are walking through the bus, the busing company may be responsible for damages related to their failure to maintain the vehicle properly.
Most Common Bus Accidents | Single Vehicle Accidents
Because buses are difficult to maneuver, they are far more likely to roll or tip. When an inexperienced driver makes a tight turn, the bus may tip, causing severe injuries. Keep in mind that even one-vehicle crashes can lead to legal liability.
If you have been injured in any of these most common bus accidents, please contact our experienced Edmonds bus accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.