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Seattle Bus Accident near University Causes Multiple Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 20, 2014

Nine bus occupants and two others were injured in a Seattle car accident involving a charter bus and three cars. According to a report in The News Tribune, the bus accident occurred on SR-520 in Seattle near the University of Washington. Officials say the bus struck the rear of another vehicle causing that vehicle to strike two other cars. The bus driver and those in the first struck vehicle sustained fractures. It is unclear who caused the crash or if the driver of the bus will face charges for the crash.

In general, traveling by bus is relatively safe. However, these large vehicles often do not have seat belts and there are certainly no airbags provided for the occupants. Therefore, in the event of a high-speed collision, bus occupants can get thrown from their seats, resulting in devastating and traumatic injuries.

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Man Injured in Pedestrian Collision with Seattle Metro Bus

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 10, 2014

Seattle Bus AccidentA 43-year-old man was recently injured while walking when a Seattle Metro bus struck him. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the bus accident occurred at Fourth Avenue South and South Holgate Street in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. Officials say the Route 355 bus was attempting to make a right turn when it struck the pedestrian. He suffered a leg fracture in the accident. It is unclear who had the right-of-way or how the accident could have been prevented.

Even the safest, most experienced bus drivers can be involved in an injury accident. When this type of incident occurs, it is necessary to review every aspect of the crash. The first thing that investigators will review is who had the right-of-way. They might also review if the bus operator was distracted or if the driver simply failed to look before turning. Read the rest »

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Seattle Bus Accident Causes Serious Injuries to Six People

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 3, 2013

Washington Bus AccidentSix people were seriously injured in a Seattle crash involving a collision between a semi truck and an airport shuttle charter bus. According to a KOMO news report, the bus accident occurred on southbound I-5 near the West Seattle Freeway off ramp during a heavy rain shower. Officials say the truck driver lost control and struck two cars and the bus. Of the six injured victims, many complained of neck and back pain. Three of the victims, including one who was critically injured, were on the charter bus.

All drivers are legally required to adjust their speed relative to the weather conditions. Drivers who continue to drive fast during a heavy rainstorm are behaving negligently and putting everyone on the roadway at risk. Read the rest »

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Pedestrian Struck by Bus in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 14, 2013

Seattle Pedestrian InjuryA 43-year-old man was injured in Seattle after a Metro bus struck him. According to a KIRO-TV news report, the bus accident occurred in the 200 block of Pike Street in downtown Seattle. The area near Third Avenue and Pike Street is a common location for accidents because of the amount of pedestrian traffic, the report states. The victim was transported to a nearby medical center with non-life-threatening injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash, but accident investigators were called to the scene.

Even bus drivers with impeccable driving records can become involved in an injury accident. After a Washington bus accident has occurred, it is important to review every aspect of the crash. Investigators will have to search for answers to a number of questions, including: Read the rest »

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Bus Involved in Fatal Crash Inspected Week Before Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 14, 2013

A 76-year-old man and his 75-year-old wife were killed in a Washington car accident when a Sound Transit bus struck the SUV in which they were traveling. According to The Seattle Times, the fatal bus accident occurred near Totem Lake Transit Center where I-405 meets 128th Street in Kirkland.

Officials say 35 passengers were aboard the 2008 Gillig bus when it ran a red light, struck the SUV, and rolled downhill half a mile before coming to a stop. The couple in the SUV was fatally injured. The 51-year-old driver of the SUV was treated at a nearby medical center and a number of bus passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The bus driver said that the bus went through the red light because the brakes failed. Read the rest »

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Rollover Accidents Involving 15-Passenger Vans

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 25, 2013

Seattle Van AccidentsLarge passenger vans are commonly used during the spring and summer by athletic teams, church groups, and daycare centers to transport groups to various activities. In preparation for the busy summer travel season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a warning reminding motorists and passengers about the rollover danger posed by these types of vans.

According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans must be loaded carefully because overloading these vehicles can greatly increase the likelihood of a rollover accident. Too much weight in the vehicle can make it more difficult to maneuver and prone to veering out of control. Loading too much in the front or on one side can also affect the handling of the vehicles. Read the rest »

Boy Struck by School Bus in Ferndale

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 17, 2013

A seven-year-old boy was injured in a Washington pedestrian accident when he was struck by his school bus. According to a Q13 Fox news report, the school bus accident occurred on Lummi Shore Drive in Ferndale, Washington. Officials say the boy got off at his stop and was attempting to cross the road in front of the bus when the vehicle rolled over him. The extent of the victim’s injuries was not disclosed, but emergency workers airlifted him to a nearby facility. According to the State Patrol, driver inattention was a contributing factor in the crash. It is not clear if the 56-year-old Ferndale driver will face any charges or citations in connection with this Washington school bus accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,409 school transportation-related fatal accidents between 1998 and 2008. In those crashes, 1,564 people were killed, which is an average of 142 fatalities a year. Of the fatally injured victims, 72 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 20 percent were non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, and eight percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles. Read the rest »

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Seattle Man Suffers Concussion after Being Struck by Bus

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 8, 2013

A man was seriously injured after he was recently struck by a bus in downtown Seattle. Fire Department officials say the man who was hit by a bus got up and walked a block to a Starbucks although he was still bleeding from the head. The 32-year-old man suffered a concussion. Firefighters say the man was incoherent when they arrived and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The cause of the Seattle bus accident is still under investigation.

The term concussion refers to a traumatic brain injury that results from an impact to the head. A concussion is usually not a life-threatening injury, but it can still cause short-term and long-term health problems. While a mild concussion may involve no loss of consciousness or a brief loss of consciousness, a severe concussion may involve an extended loss of consciousness with a delayed return to normalcy. The most common symptoms of concussions include loss of consciousness, confusion, headaches, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, and loss of short-term memory. Read the rest »

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Protect Yourself and Others from 15 Passenger Van Accident Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 28, 2012

15 Passenger Van Safety SeattleFifteen-passenger vans are commonly used by church groups, camps, and other organizations during summer to transport groups to and from summer events. When safety precautions aren’t taken, however, the risk of a serious injury or death in a 15-passenger van accident increases, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and others from 15-passenger van accidents this summer.

  • Examine tires for wear, cracks, and other damage, and replace tires if they show any signs of damage. Make sure tires are properly inflated each time the van is driven.
  • Require every person in the van to put on and keep on a seat belt as long as the van is in motion. The risk of dying in a rollover crash is reduced for passengers wearing seat belts. Read the rest »

Recent Rash of School Bus Accidents Nationwide Raises Concerns

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 22, 2012

In the past week, the United States saw four bus accidents in just two days. In Indiana, a student and a driver were both killed when a school bus crashed into a bridge support. In Missouri, eleven students suffered broken bones and other injuries when their bus rolled into a ditch, the result of a distracted driver. Washington State and Ohio also saw crashes that left dozens of students injured, some seriously.

Washington School Bus AccidentsWith this sudden increase in school bus accidents come concerns from parents nationwide about the safety of traveling by school bus. However, experts say that the accident rate is a fluke. Normally, school buses have a much lower rate of accidents and injuries than other forms of motor vehicle travel. Although most school buses are not equipped with seat belts, they are equipped with a great deal of safety equipment, including lights and signs, and most drivers are committed to the safety of their passengers above all else. Read the rest »

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