December 2, 2009

Three Injured in SUV versus Bus Accident

A Washington car accident involving a Valley Transit bus injured at least three people, the Union-Bulletin reports. The collision apparently occurred at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Main Street in Walla Walla, Washington. There was not much information as to what caused the car accident. A city ambulance transported a 28-year-old woman to a local hospital with injuries. A 20-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man were treated at the scene for unspecified injuries, as well.

In any case where a collision occurs at a street intersection, it usually means that one of the vehicles did not yield right-of-way to the other. One of the vehicles may have also run a red light slamming into the other. In such cases, where a negligent driver may have caused an accident, he or she could be held liable for the accident or injuries caused. If the negligent driver works for a public or private bus carrier, then the bus company or transit authority could also be liable for the victims' injuries.

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September 16, 2009

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Hits Bus, 5 Injured

An alleged hit and run driver, fleeing the scene of one accident, slammed head-on into a Clallam County transit bus. The bus then hit another car. Five people are recovering from injuries suffered when the collision occurred.

The accident took place just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, on US Highway 101 near State Route112, west of Port Angeles. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 30-year-old man from California who was driving a pickup truck with a camper shell, had allegedly side swiped an SUV on Euclid Avenue near State Route 117 in Port Angeles and was fleeing that scene.

"The pickup truck that had a camper in its' bed was involved in a minor hit and run collision about a mile and a half, two miles back," said Trooper John Ryan. "The pickup truck continued westbound on 101 eventually crossing over the center line here where it hit head-on with a Clallam County Transit bus."

A small car was pushed off the road after the bus was forced to the right. Both the small car and the bus ended up in a ditch. The California man’s pickup truck rolled over, trapping him inside. The 30-year-old suffered a serious leg injury and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being removed from the wreckage.

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June 8, 2009

Bus Safety Review after Fatal Bus Accident Ordered by Transportation Boss

The website philly.com reported in a storyon April 29, 2009 that Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation has plans to order a full departmental review of motor coach safety. This action comes a day after five people were killed when a tour bus carrying French tourists crashed in Soledad, California a small town located in Monterey County. The wrongful death accident prompted the California Highway Patrol to close highway 101 in both directions.

Spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Rae Tyson, stated that the review was issued after an April 21 hearing into a crash in Utah that killed nine people in January 2008.

In 1999 the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the highway administration develop bus construction standards to reduce injuries during collisions and rollover accidents.

Tyson stated he expected the agency to present new bus safety policies by the end of the year.

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May 29, 2009

Washington School Bus Accident at Railroad Crossing

The website wsp.wa.gov reported in a story on April 28, 2009 that a Battle Ground School Bus was rear ended on SR-503, just north of N.E. 149th Street while stopped at a railroad crossing. According to the Washington State Police, the driver of the bus, Nina Millard, 39 of Battle Ground, had stopped at the railroad crossing to clear it when a 2008 VW Jetta, driven by Jace Delgado, 22, also from Battle Ground, struck her from behind blocking both northbound lanes. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and were not seriously injured.

Delgado claims to have been following an SUV that made a lane change to the left at which point Delgado noticed the bus with its stop paddle deployed when he attempted to swerve to avoid a collision. Unsuccessful in his attempt he hit the bus and Delgados’s Jetta ended up partially underneath the bus.

An investigation by the Washington State Patrol concluded that Delgado was traveling at an excessive speed and it's fortunate that no personal injury in Washington was suffered by anyone in this incident.

The United States employs approximately 450,000 school buses to transport children to school each day. There have been many cases of injuries and deaths related to school bus accident, including children being struck or run over by the bus, rollovers, and collisions.

The Bernard Law Group has been representing the victims of negligence for two decades. Our team of dedicated lawyers represents those who have suffered from serious injuries, financial loss, personal loss and future damages due to negligence. Negligence includes, but is not limited to, Washington automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents.

If you have seriously injured in an automobile accident, you need experienced and skilled representation looking out for your rights. At Bernard Law Group, we have the financial resources to take on any defendant and can help you during these difficult times. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

March 25, 2009

Everett Bus Accident Injures Pedestrian

The seattletimes.com reported in an article on February 22, 2009 that an unidentified 44 year old pedestrian was hit by a Sound Transit bus. The pedestrian accident in Washington happened at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore Avenue just before 5 p.m. It was not known if the man was in the crosswalk when he was struck. Police investigators will be looking at an on board bus camera to try to determine what happened. The injured pedestrian was taken to Providence Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview.

Whether you are a child or an adult, ride a school bus or metro bus, you may be at risk for serious bus accident related injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident in Washington involving a bus, you may experience a variety of injuries, such as cuts and bruises, bone fractures, head injuries, and other serious injuries. The bus company may be held liable for your injuries and may compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other accident-related costs.

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March 20, 2009

Everett Pedestrian Accident Hospitalizes Man After Being Hit By Bus

A pedestrian, 44 years old, was seriously injured by a Sound Transit bus Friday night in Everett. He is now recovering at Harborview Hospital from the Everett pedestrian accident.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of auto accidents in Washington State every day. Call our attorneys at 1-800-418-8282. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore avenues. It is being investigated by Everett police.

It's not certain whether or not the Everett man was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. A bus-camera video will need to be reviewed by police to help determine the cause of the accident.

The man was taken to Providence Hospital and airlifted later to Harborview.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Washington pedestrian accident lawyers at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

May 9, 2008

Pickup driver killed in collision with bus

A fatal bus crash in which a pickup collided with a school bus in Spanaway is being investigated by Pierce County sheriff's deputies.

According to investigators, the truck apparently slammed head-on into the bus at 224th Street East and 50th Avenue East, said sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer. The truck was driving at a high rate of speed. The pickup driver was killed, but the school-bus driver was not hurt in the crash, which occurred just after 1:30pm. No children were on the bus at the time of the auto crash.

Troyer said that according to witnesses, the truck was passing in the oncoming lane when the collision occurred.

If you are seriously injured in an automobile accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

March 21, 2008

Metro bus crash sends 12 to hospitals

Approximately a dozen bus riders were taken to area hospitals after a Metro bus accident on Pacific Highway South on Wednesday. Afternoon traffic was snarled near the Kent-Des Moines interchange.

There did not appear to be any critical injuries suffered in the Seattle Auto Accident that occurred shortly before 2 p.m, said Des Moines police and officials with King County Metro Transit.

According to Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke, the Route 174 bus was driving southbound in the extreme right-hand lane on Pacific Highway South when a vehicle in the lane to the left of the bus cut in front of the bus in an attempt to make a right-hand turn into a parking lot. Theilke also said there was no major damage to the bus.

"We had a bent bike rack," she said.

If you are seriously injured in an automobile or bus accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Washington personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.


February 11, 2008

Serious crash on I-5 Southbound in south Everett

Southbound traffic on I-5 in south Everett was blocked Friday morning by a serious Washington Bus Collision which left a man critically injured a man, said officials.

The crash happened at about 6:30am, near the Silver Lake rest area. A 30-year-old Everett man swerved his car into the carpool lane and was hit by a King County Metro Transit bus, said Kirk Rudeen, a Washington State Patrol spokesman.

Rudeen also said that the man was to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

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December 19, 2007

$100 Million Lawsuit in Metro Bus Crash Death

A multi-million dollar lawsuit has been filed against Metro by the family of a man who was killed in a bus accident collision with a Metro bus.

Last April, the Metro bus, driven by Sandie Olosky, crossed over the center line and hit the truck driven by 21 year old Michael Dahlquist on Highway 164, near Enumclaw. His parents are seeking more than $100 million from Metro.

“Not a second goes by that we don’t miss our son,” said Jeff Dahlquist, father of the deceased.

The bus driver had 26 reckless driving complaints and 34 other conduct and speeding violations over a period of 10 years, prior to this Washington auto accident. Metro should have fired her long before t his, according to the Dahlquist family.

“Sandy Olosky’s Metro driving records show someone who was on a collision course with disaster, bound to kill someone someday. Unfortunately, that someone was our son Michael,” said Jeff Dahlquist.

The driver, Olosky, has not commented on the case. Though she was fired by Metro last month, the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file felony charges again her, because there was no evidence that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or that she was driving at excessive speeds at the time of the accident.

A spokesperson for Metro also declined comment, due to pending litigation.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bus, car, or motorcycle accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

December 13, 2007

Bus Beating Victims to Receive Payment by Metro

Two teenagers were attacked and beaten by a group of youths while riding a Metro bus in 2005, and last week a jury ruled that King County Metro was negligent when the bus driver took no action to stop the attack.

In a civil case brought against the transit company, the Superior Court jury voted to award both plaintiffs $125,000 each in damages. Attorneys for King County had argued throughout the trial that the driver didn’t see the assaults as they were happening.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs claimed that the driver was partly to blame. They said he should have called his dispatcher for back up when he saw a “rowdy” group of teenagers boarding the bus late at night, and that he also should have radiod for police help once the assault began. One plaintiff attorney said, “He’s got an emergency alarm, he’s got mirrors, he’s got a PA system. He’s got tools….three of the young passengers were left to fend for themselves.”

Another attorney for the plaintiffs stated, “The driver’s job…is to be the eyes and ears of Metro. Why didn’t (his) instincts say, ‘Uh-oh’?”

After the assault, the teenagers were treated for bruises and cuts at Harborview Medical Center and released. But, according to www.Seattletimes.com, both have suffered an emotional toll, including increased stress, hyper vigilance, fear of strangers in certain public situations and flashbacks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an assault, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

June 26, 2007

Bus Crashes While Passengers Sleep

A bus carrying passenger’s home from a family reunion crashed the morning of June 25th killing one and injuring sixty six others. The bus accident, which happened on interstate 65 in southern Kentucky, occurred at around 4:20am when the bus driver fell asleep. The bus veered off to the right side of the highway striking a concrete culvert and slamming into a bridge pillar. Three of the passengers, along with the driver, were critically injured, fifty two of the other passenger’s injuries were considered urgent and ten were considered minor. One female passenger died. The bus was rented by a family returning home from a reunion at Niagara Falls. According to the Department of Transportation, the bus rental company had a satisfactory safety rating when it was recently reviewed and had not reported any accidents or injuries during the last two years.