Last month, one man was killed, and several others were moderate to severely injured in a crash involving a Metro bus when it collided with four parked vehicles, and created a devasting chain reaction of personal injury to pedestrians patronizing a taco stand nearby.
At Binder & Associates, our Encino personal injury attorneys understand that no one expects to be involved in an accident — let alone suffer severe injuries, or lose a loved one, as a result. When public transportation accidents occur in Los Angeles County, victims deserve the opportunity to hold the proper transit authority responsible for their driver’s error, and our lawyers can help provide the legal representation they need to face the negligent party, their insurance provider, and their legal teams accountable.
How Many Bus Accidents Occur Each Year In The United States?
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, more than 700 million people are transported by buses each year throughout the United States. And while most travel to and from their destinations safely, the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that an average of 69,000 bus accidents occurs each year throughout the country.
Those crashes annually account for:
- Approximately 20,000 injuries
- Nearly 250 fatalities
Much like the tragic bus accident that occurred in Los Angeles in September, bus passengers, pedestrians, and third parties are injured in collisions with public buses, which can lead to severe, long-term damages that require an experienced personal injury lawyer to produce results.
That’s where Binder & Associates comes in. Our experience in pursuing significant financial recovery settlements and jury verdicts allow our clients to fully focus on their physical and emotional recovery.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Public Transportation Accidents?
Much like car accidents and truck accidents, distracted driving and driver fatigue are leading factors in negligent collisions in public transportation accidents.
While the official cause of the Los Angeles bus accident has yet to be revealed, something caused the driver to allow the large vehicle to veer into parked vehicles along the roadway, leading to an unbelievable accident scene where unsuspecting injuries and even wrongful death resulted from the crash.
Other frequent causes of bus accidents can include:
- Mechanical failure
- Driver intoxication or impairment
- Speeding or violating other rules of the road
If you have been involved in a bus accident or hurt while traveling on any mode of public transportation, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Encino at Binder & Associates today by calling (818) 740-7667 to schedule a free consultation. If we do not establish financial recovery for your case, you do not pay our attorney fees. That is our promise to our community.