People who take advantage of Washington state's public and private transportation systems, such as ferries, street cars, buses, and shuttles expect those systems to be safe. But operator error, mechanical failures, and other dangerous conditions contribute to multiple accidents involving Seattle and Puget Sound area transportation systems each year.
The legal system is complex, and bus accident cases are often much more complicated than a typical car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Washington state, it is likely in your best interests to consult with a qualified attorney who has experience in handling serious commercial vehicle and bus accident injury cases. Having the assistance of a skilled and qualified lawyer can help you and your family file a successful bus accident claim.
Bus Accident Lawyer Chris Davis
Davis Law Group's founder, attorney Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized mass transit accident lawyers practicing in Washington state and has handled some of the most high-profile bus accident cases in state history. We have successfully resolved serious injury cases involving charter buses and other mass transit vehicles.
The attorneys at Davis Law Group work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no up-front costs to hire us and all attorney's fees are paid at the conclusion of the case. Call our office at (206) 727-4000 today or use the contact form on this page to get started.
Bus Accident Lawyer In The News
As a bus accident lawyer with experience in handling serious injury claims, attorney Chris Davis's expert legal opinions are often featured by the Washington state media covering transportation-related issues and specific bus incidents that have occurred in Washington state. You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox or national news programs like CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 or InsideEdition. Below are just a few news stories that contain interviews with Chris.
When Do You Need A Bus Accident Lawyer?
The Statute of Limitations (SOL) for bus accident cases in Washington state is typically three (3) years from the original date of the bus accident, which means that all injured victims have a limited time to take the necessary steps in order to pursue a bus accident claim. Failing to file a claim within this time can result in the case being dismissed altogether and accident victims being left to deal with the costly medical bills and other damages on their own. This can cause significant financial hardship for victims and their loved ones.
Davis Law Group's award-winning legal team has represented countless bus accident victims since being founded in 1994. We understand the nuances of pursuing a legal claim against a powerful company or government entity, and our legal strategy has proven to get our clients the best possible results. We also have the capacity to hire qualified experts to support our clients' cases, which provides additional negotiating leverage and motivates greedy insurance companies to resolve cases fairly and reasonably.
Liability For Bus Accidents in Washington
Just as it is important to identify the at-fault party and determine any available liability insurance in a bus accident case, it is also important to collect and preserve evidence that proves liability for a bus accident case. There are several ways which evidence can be used to support a bus accident claim, including video surveilance, dashcam footage, witness statements, and even cell phone records. An experienced bus accident lawyer will investigate all potential theories of liability, including:
The Driver of the Bus
If a bus driver is negligent and causes an accident that injures passengers or another driver, the bus driver and the bus company could potentially both be named as defendants in a lawsuit.
Bus Maintenance Companies & Contractors
Most bus and coach operators outsource maintenance work on their vehicles. If a maintenance company fails to properly maintain and service a bus and it leads to a crash, they could potentially be held legally responsible and therefore would be required to compensate the victim(s) for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
Manufacturers are typically held legally liable for injuries that occur when a product they are responsible for manufacturing and selling poses an unreasonable danger to the public. An example of this might include product defects or known issues that cause safety hazards which can pose a serious risk to the general public.
Other Negligent Drivers
Sometimes, a chain reaction crash involving a bus or train can be caused by another driver's negligence. Drivers who cut off buses or are otherwise at-fault for causing a collision with a bus can be named as defendants in a lawsuit and their insurance company would be responsible for compensating injured victims for their injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Commercial insurance companies fiercely defend bus accident claims, especially in cases where the victim's medical bills and pain & suffering are high. That’s why it is usually a good idea to consult with an attorney who has experience handling bus accident cases if you’ve been involved in an accident and any of these issues arise. A qualified lawyer can investigate the facts of your bus accident case and figure out who’s legally liable for your injuries, while also advising you on the best course of action. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that all attorney's fees are paid when the case has been successfully resolved.
Types of Washington Bus Accidents
Commercial Bus Accidents: Ride The Ducks Vehicles, School Bus Accidents, King County Meto Bus Accidents, Sound Transit bus accidents, Community Transit, Vanpool, Vanshare, Accessible Services, etc.
Private Transportation Systems: Carpool, Shuttle Vuses, Taxis, Limos, Microsoft Connector, Shuttle Express, Airporter Shuttle, Grey Line, etc.
Ferry Accidents: Washington State Ferries, Elliot Bay Water Taxi, Victoria Clipper Ferry Service, Argosy Cruises, Puget Sound Express, Ride The Duck, etc.
Street Car/Trolley Accidents: South Lake Union Trolley Accidents, Seattle Streetcar, etc.
Other Mass Transit Accidents: Seattle Monorail, Link Light Rail, Sound Transit Light Rail, etc.
Damages Recoverable in Bus Accident Cases
People who are injured in a bus accident - whether involving a commercial bus or other mass transit vehicle - may be legally permitted to recover financial compensation for damages they have suffered as a result of the accident. Examples of the types of damages recoverable in bus accident cases include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Physical and emotional trauma
- Lost wages and other work-related expenses
- Reduced or diminished earning capacity
- Expected future rehabilitation and treatment
- Permanence of injury or disabilities
- Pain and suffering
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you or a loved one is suffering after being injured in a bus accident, it is likely in your best interests to consult with an experienced attorney about your rights and options. Our award-winning legal team can help you determine if hiring a lawyer may improve the value of your case and what your legal options are moving forward.
We offer a free case review to anyone who has been injured in a bus accident. If we believe we can help, we'll schedule you for a free legal consultation with our attorneys. Use the confidential contact form on this page to get started or call our downtown Seattle office at (206) 727-4000.
Bus Accident Settlements
Below are just a few of the many bus accident cases that have been successfully resolved by Davis Law Group.
- $2,936,821 Wrongful Death Car Accident Involving A Bus (Case No. 200672, Insurance Company: Gallagher Bassett)
- $2,700,000 Pedestrian Struck By Bus In Crosswalk (Case No. 201285)
- $1,350,000 Settlement For Family Of Woman Killed By Metro Bus Read Client Story
- $420,000 School Bus Accident (Case No. 200833, Insurance Company: Canfield)
- $415,000 Settlement for Young Boy Hit by Car While Exiting Bus Read Client Story
- $330,000 Settlement After Bus Accident
- $200,000 Wrongful Death of Pedestrian Killed After Exiting Bus (Case No. 200509, Insurance Company: The Hartford)
- $180,000 Rear-Ended When Stopped For School Bus (Case No. 200605, Insurance Company: Allstate)
- $120,000 Pedestrian Hit By Right-Turning Driver After Exiting Bus (Case No. 200703, Insurance Company: USAA)
- $44,000 Speeding Bus Driver Crashes Into Two Cars (Case No. 200767, Insurance Company: Lancer)