Seattle Bus Accident near University Causes Multiple Injuries
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.
For example, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration reports that there were 153 fatalities as a result of bus accidents in 2008. That number includes 67 bus occupants who were fatally injured. Of the bus occupants killed that year, 14 were on school buses, 13 were on cross country buses, and 23 were riding transit buses.
Injuries commonly suffered in bus accidents include sprained ligaments, strained muscles, soft tissue injuries, whiplash injuries, bone fractures, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal cord injuries. Whenever a passenger is injured, it is the responsibility of the bus driver and the bus company to provide immediate aid and support.
If you have been hurt in a Washington bus accident, it is important that you get your name on the police report. Obtain the contact information from all parties involved and take photos that prove you were in the crash and that you were injured. Make sure that you receive prompt medical attention.
The bus company should offer you fair compensation for your medical bills and future losses. If you are not being offered the support you need, you may have to file a lawsuit or work with negotiators to secure fair compensation for all of your current and future losses, including monetary support for your pain and suffering. An experienced Seattle car accident lawyer will be able to provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.