We are learning that a man had died after a bus collided with his disabled vehicle on I-90 recently, just east of Highway 18 near North Bend. Police are still working to determine why the man’s vehicle was disabled, but we know that this incident highlights just how serious and dangerous a bus collision can be.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our skilled and experienced team is ready to help you if you lose a loved one in a fatal accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. We will get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Seattle fatal accident attorney, call us today.
Bus Crashes Can Be Devastating
Buses are a lifeline in and around Seattle. From the school buses that get our little ones around to the public transportation system that keeps our streets less crowded, buses are an integral part of the area. However, most people do not think about what would happen if a bus crashed.
Buses are large vehicles that weigh tens of thousands of pounds. When they get into an accident, not only are the people they strike going to get injured, but all of the unrestrained passengers are likely to get hurt as well.
In the case above, we do not know why the bus was unable to stop before slamming into the disabled vehicle. We do know that the collision was deadly. When we looked at the photos of the incident, we see major damage to the vehicle struck as well as to the bus.
For the latest reporting year in Washington, there were over 600 total vehicles involved in bus crashes, many of which resulted in passenger injuries.
We know that bus crashes often occur due to two reasons:
- Driver errors: all bus drivers should have their commercial driver’s license and be properly trained to operate each bus they drive. They should never operate while impaired or while distracted.
- Vehicle failure: bus companies and agencies should regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent vehicle failure
We know that bus crashes can cause devasting injuries to both people outside of a bus who are struck as well as to the bus passengers. Injuries can range from broken bones and lacerations to spinal cord and brain injuries. Buses can affect multiple vehicles at once, raising the likelihood of a mass casualty incident.
After An Incident
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or vehicle failure, please seek legal assistance. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we will work to investigate the circumstances of your crash so we can recover the compensation you deserve. This can include compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Possible punitive damages