A Metro bus collided with a Muni train the other day and it should all of us cause concern. So many people in the San Francisco area rely on public transportation, particularly our buses.
When you need to get on a bus, whether to get across town or from one city to the next, the last thing you should have to worry about is getting hurt. You expect buses to be safe and their drivers to follow all laws and regulations.
When the Metro bus crashed the other day, four people were injured. A spokesperson for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Agency said investigators believe the bus driver made a left turn in front of the train.
Was the driver paying attention to the roadway and the surroundings?
There are more buses on the roadway than you know. They perform valuable functions for us, particularly helping to keep the traffic congestion down. Think about the buses you see on a daily basis: Metro buses, long-distance travel buses, school buses, etc.
Buses are large vehicles and when they crash they have the potential to cause mass casualty events. Because they weigh so much, they can cause major damage to other vehicles or buildings. They carry many passengers, most of who are unrestrained inside.
Bus companies have a responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent mechanical problems. If something happens, such as brake or engine failure, a driver could lose control of the bus.
If the bus driver is operating while distracted by their phone, they can cause major injuries. Bus drivers have so many people’s lives in their hand and should not be focused on text messages or watching videos. Distracted bus drivers are much more likely to cause accidents like the one we mentioned above.
Injuries from bus accidents can be catastrophic. They can lead to long hospital stays and possibly even rehabilitation. The costs for major injuries can quickly climb into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you need extended rehab to fully heal, the costs can climb much higher. The problem is that insurance may not cover all of your accident-related expenses.
If you believe that someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, whether it is the bus driver or the bus company, you need to seek legal assistance. We know that accidents are scary and that injuries can leave you wondering what your next steps are.
At Allegiance Law, we want to help you through this process. We will work to investigate the entire situation and secure you the compensation you deserve. We know you will need help with medical expenses, but we also know you may miss out on income if you cannot work. We will work to recover money for that as well. When you need a San Francisco bus accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395 for a free consultation.