The sight of buses is just as ubiquitous as anything else we have in the city. They are everywhere, working to ensure thousands of people get to and from their destinations in and around Philly. However, these large vehicles can cause major damages and injuries if they get into a crash.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we know that the aftermath of a bus crash can be confusing. If you have been injured and need a Philadelphia bus accident attorney, call us today. If the negligence of a bus driver or bus company caused a crash, you may be eligible for compensation.
Buses Are Everywhere
You may not think about buses often, but they help keep our city functioning each day. From the school buses that get thousands of kids to and from school safely to the SEPTA buses that get people around the city all day long, there are plenty of buses around.
Did you know that the average weight of a public transit bus is 20,000 to 33,000 pounds?
When a bus gets into a crash, the damage it can cause is tremendous. Injuries can be detrimental to the passengers inside the bus (usually unrestrained) as well as to the passengers in vehicles struck by a bus. It is not uncommon to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a bus crash:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The cost of emergency medical treatment for these injuries can be tremendous. These costs, as well as other hidden accident costs,can put victims and their families into financial jeopardy. If a victim is unable to work due to their injuries, they could lose valuable income and benefits.
How These Crashes Happen
There are two things to be concerned about when it comes to bus crash causes: driver negligence and vehicle failure.
All drivers should have their commercial driver’s licenses. They should follow all traffic laws and should never be distracted by their phones or other devices while behind the wheel. Under no circumstances should bus drivers be impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Bus companies and agencies should perform regular inspections and maintenance on their vehicles. Because of their size and weight, vehicle failure would be detrimental in the roadway. If a driver were to lose control while operating at higher speeds, there could be a mass casualty incident.
Moving On From Here
Bus crashes are sudden and unexpected. If you have been injured in a bus crash that was caused by a bus driver or bus company’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. This can include coverage for:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible