You Got Hit By a Bus or Injured While in a Bus in Spokane

The Statistics:
A few years ago I was rear-ended by a Spokane City bus so I have some first-hand appreciation of these types of cases. Luckily I was not injured but I was driving a car I had owned for less than 48 hours. Frustrating. I have represented many people injured by buses or passengers in buses and para-transit buses. In 2013 we began working on a tragic case where a wheel chair bound passenger was not properly fastened – which resulted in injuries causing surgery and a prolonged stay in ICU.

In another 2013 case we were retained to assist a lady injured when the bus rear-ended another car, injuring some of the bus occupants. In 2013 we also resolved a claim for a local Spokane man who was injured while on a bus. In that case, another driver was at fault. Sadly, I also hear about bus accidents on the national news.

Bus vs. pedestrian accidents are devastating to the victims and to their families. Unfortunately, many of these accidents involve children—hit by their own school buses. Fourteen children a year are killed by school buses, and almost 50% of children killed in school-bus related crashes are between the ages of 5 and 7. Buses hit adults just as frequently, if not more. Injuries resulting from these accidents include death, broken bones, severe brain and head injuries, spinal injuries, and other life-changing or ending injuries. Children are especially vulnerable.

Personal Injury Compensation:

The victims and families are entitled to compensation and aid. If your loved one was killed, you can file a wrongful death case against the driver. If it was a school bus, you can file against the school who owns the bus. Injuries can also be compensated, depending on the severity. Compensation won’t fix everything—but it will help the victim recover or let his family heal from the terrible loss they just experienced.

Safety:

These accidents are inexcusable. Sometimes its lack of maintenance, but often it is distracted driving. A several ton vehicle is to be driven responsibly, but this does not always happen. To keep your children and yourself safe be sure to follow these tips:

• Look Both Ways:
It’s basic advice. We have heard it since elementary school. But it is surprising how many people no longer look – (especially while texting and using the phone). Many crosswalks are now posting signs forbidding texting while using the crosswalk. Always remind your kids to look twice, and to keep their eyes up while walking across the road.

• Eye Contact:
Remember that just because you are in the crosswalk, does not mean that the car is going to stop for you. Making eye contact will help you know that the driver has seen you and that you can proceed across the road.

• Look for Possible Visual Blocks: