King County buses are involved in many accidents with motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists every year. These crashes can cause major injuries and/or death of the accident victims.
King County Metro buses serve routes all over the greater Seattle and King County area providing transportation for thousands of travelers and commuters every day. Dozens of metro buses are on local city streets, roads and highways at any given time.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident involving a King County Metro Bus contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group. It is important for the survivors and families of a bus accident to work with an attorney that has experience with bus accident lawsuits and settlements. Call (206) 727-4000.
In December 2015, a 94-year-old woman was inside a marked crosswalk proceeding with the walk signal in her favor when she was tragically killed by a King County Metro bus.
The driver failed to yield. The woman was pinned under the bus and dragged some distance before she died from blunt force injuries to the head, torso and extremities. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
After filing a lawsuit against King County Metro, Davis Law Group successfully negotiated with the county on behalf of the grieving family and reached a pre-trial settlement of $1.35 million.
The King County Metro Bus is constantly changing and expanding, and has become a major public transit system in the Puget Sound region. While the bus system is largely efficient and cheap, the tradeoff is putting you and your loved one’s safety in the hands of public employees and officials who operate and maintain the buses.
Davis Law Group has represented victims of accidents and injuries involving King County Metro Bus. Attorney Chris Davis and his legal staff understand the statute of limitations and other challenges in bringing claims against King County and other public transportation entities.
While a bus accident can be a harrowing experience, getting help doesn’t have to be hard. The attorneys at Seattle-based Davis Law Group can fight for the compensation you deserve while you give yourself time to heal from your King County Metro Bus incident.
To schedule a consultation with a Seattle bus accident lawyer, give us a call at (206) 727-4000 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning we don’t get paid anything unless you win your case.
Although King County Metro has an extensive training and safety program for its drivers, operator error and improper vehicle maintenance is the cause of many accidents.
Driver Error Causes Bus Accidents
Frequently driver error is the primary cause of accidents involving a metro bus. Driver inexperience operating a large vehicle or bus can be a factor in these accidents. Drivers who are not properly trained; are tired from long shifts; or are intoxicated often cause accidents. Drivers are under a great deal of pressure to keep buses on time despite traffic—hasty decisions under pressure can also cause collisions. Buses commonly rear-end other vehicles.
Mechanical Problems / Poor Vehicle Maintenance Cause Bus Accidents
Mechanical failure occurs as a result of improperly maintained buses and installation of defective or damaged parts. Following accidents that involve mass transit buses, investigators will review the bus company’s safety records and maintenance history. Investigations will often demonstrate past history that includes numerous safety violations and failed checkups including brake problems and other maintenance issues.
After a King County Metro Bus crash in Seattle, there are several types of claims for damages for which you might be eligible. Those include:
After a serious accident involving a King County Metro bus, the insurance company for the county will likely want to settle your case as soon as possible, and for as little money as possible. The less money the insurance company pays out, the more money stays in their pockets.
As a victim, you need time to sort things out. How serious are the injuries? What treatment do you need? How much time from work have you missed? These are all considerations, and the mounting bills are likely stressing you out.
By hiring an experienced bus accident attorney to represent you, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal side of things. An attorney can help you:
Our experience with the Davis Law Group was positive from the first moment we consulted with Chris Davis. Chris Davis was attentive, thorough, and helpful throughout a very difficult time. Our paralegal was with us every step of the way with insight and compassion, always responding quickly and effectively with any questions or issues as they arose. I highly recommend the Davis Law Group.
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