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Seattle Bus & Transit Accident Lawyers

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If you or a family member has suffered a serious personal injury resulting from a bus accident or other transit accident in Washington state, Davis Law Group may be able to help you. We represent people who have been injured in bus and mass transit accidents who deserve fair compensation for their injuries and other damages.

Davis Law Group, P.S. founding attorney Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State and has handled some of the most high-profile bus accident cases in state history. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.

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As a prominent personal injury lawyer with experience in handling bus accident claims, attorney Chris Davis's expert opinion is often featured by local media covering transportation-related issues and incidents.

   

When Do You Need A Bus Accident Lawyer?

Serious injury cases involving commercial passenger vehicles can be very complex. In some cases, a city or county may own and operate the bus, train, or other vehicle that caused the accident. It is important to determine whether the government entity which owns the vehicle was insured at the time of the incident. If no insurance is available, the only option may be to demand payment from a reserve of funds set aside by the government, which is often large enough that there may be no limit on the damages that you may be able to recover.

In cases where private companies own the tour bus, Duck Boat, or other vehicle used for commercial purposes, these companies almost always have private liability insurance that covers accidents involving their vehicles. Your attorney will have to file a claim with the insurance company in order to recover compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies often defend large claims fiercely, and in cases involving multiple injured victims, there may be a cap on how much the insurance company is required to pay out, even if all the victims have valid claims.

These cases can be very complicated. It’s not always possible to guess just by looking at a large transit vehicle who’s responsible for owning and operating it. That’s why it’s a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney if you’ve been involved in a transit accident and any of these more complex details arise. A qualified attorney can investigate the facts of your case and figure out who’s legally liable for your injuries, while also advising you on the best course of action.

Public Transportation Accidents

People who take advantage of public and private transportation systems, such as ferries, street cars, buses, taxis, limos, 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.

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.

2016 Washington State Bus Crash Statistics

  • Fatal Bus Crashes - 7
  • Suspected Serious Injury Collisions - 14
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Accidents - 330
  • No Apparent Injury Incidents - 893
  • Total Bus Involved Crashes - 1,244

References

"Benefits of Public Transportation--Statistics." American Public Transportation Association. American Public Transportation Association, n.d. Web. <http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/default.aspx>.
DeAnnuntis, Christopher, and Dennis Hinebaugh. "National Transit Bus Accident Data Collection and Analyses." Center for Urban Transportation Research. University of South Florida, n.d. Web. <https://www.nctr.usf.edu/projects/416-13.html>.
"Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts." Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. United States Department of Transportation, 17 Mar. 2015. Web. <https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts>.
"Metro Transit." King County Metro Transit. King County Metro Transit, 7 Apr. 2017. Web. <http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro.aspx>.
"National Transit Safety Research & Assistance Center." National Center for Transit Research. National Center for Transit Research, n.d. Web. <http://www.transitsafetycenter.org/>.
"Transportation Accidents by Mode." Bureau of Transportation Research. US Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. <https://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_02_03.html>.
"Understanding Transit Accidents Using the National Transit Database and the Role of Transit Intelligent Vehicle Initiative Technology in Reducing Accidents." Intelligent Transpiration Systems. United States Department of Transportation, June 2004. Web. <https://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/13994.htm>.
>"Washington State Enhances Transit Driver Safety Monitoring." Metro Magazine. Metro Magazine, 8 Aug. 2011. Web. <http://www.metro-magazine.com/bus/article/211522/washington-state-enhances-transit-driver-safety-monitoring>.

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