In a major metropolitan city such as Washington DC, bus accidents occur very frequently. Many residents of Washington DC navigate the city by taking public transportation, such as a bus. Bus accidents can cause serious injuries to both the passengers on board, as well as other vehicles and individuals. The United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of transportation statistics reports that there are approximately 900,000 buses in the United States, and more than 60,000 are involved in some type of bus accident each year. Bus accidents can also occur when transporting children to and from school, as well as other situations such as transit buses, Greyhound, and other large, long distance passenger vehicles, can also be involved in bus accidents.
There are many reasons for bus accidents. As DC bus accident lawyers, we sometimes see these accidents caused by passengers who may distract the driver, faulty bus equipment, the impact and influence of alcohol or drugs, driver fatigue, or other driver distractions.
One very famous case that made the headlines at the end of 2013 was a Metro bus driver who was killed. This was an awful situation that potentially could have been avoided. Thomasine Maria Smith, of Laurel, Maryland, was fatally paid by her own boss. Apparently, Ms. Smith, who was 47 years old, was on a break when she exited her bus. She was on New Hampshire Ave., in Silver Spring, Maryland. The bus somehow began rolling, and Ms. Smith, attempted to reach to the window and engage the brake. She ultimately was pinned against the road’s retaining wall. Unfortunately, she did not survive the accident.
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, you should contact a lawyer immediately. The lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. represent bus accident injury victims throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. If you have suffered such an injury, you have rights, and you need to understand your deadlines that are involved in the case. Cohen & Cohen, P.C. will provide you with a free consultation and help educate you about the next steps.