Millions of people across the nation, including here in Philadelphia, rely on public transportation. Unfortunately, bus accidents are a significant source of serious injury and death. Nationally, it is estimated that around 63,000 bus accidents occur every year. If you multiply 63,000 by the average number of passengers on a bus, the potential for injury is seemingly endless.
The lack of safety restraints and even available seats makes motor vehicle accidents involving buses all the more dangerous. Last week, a SEPTA bus crashed into a parked car when a sedan ran a red light on Second Street in Philadelphia, hitting the bus. The passenger car that appears responsible for this accident suffered serious damage, but it is unknown if any of the passengers within that vehicle were injured.
However, half of the 21 passengers aboard the SEPTA bus were injured. The driver and 10 others all reported suffering various injuries resulting from the collision. Luckily, it does not appear that any of these injuries were critical.
When an individual is critically injured through a bus accident, the injury victim can stand to pursue financial remuneration, however the process for doing so is different than with an ordinary personal injury claim against a negligent driver. In instances where the bus driver or company is deemed negligent, because buses are classified as “common carriers,” there are certain regulations surrounding filing claims against them.
An individual injured in a bus accident may wish to seek experience legal counsel in seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Source: Philly.com, “Bus-car crash injures at least 11,” Peter Mucha, Nov. 13, 2012