Planned expansion of the light rail in Phoenix has many residents thinking about the benefits of public transportation these days in all forms. While the light rail is used by many, it is far from the only option to those wishing to travel around the Valley but without the use of a private car. While some choose to walk and others ride a bicycle, taking a public bus is an option exercised by many as they go about their daily activities.
Most often, bus transit can be safe and reasonable, but in some cases, a bus accident may occur. These claims can be complicated and can involve multiple potential at-fault drivers and others who may be held legally liable. In some instances, multiple buses collide and may injure the passengers on board. In other cases, a bus may collide with a private vehicle like a car, truck or van and may injure those on the bus and/or those in the private vehicle. These injuries often are devastating and may cause damages that last a lifetime.
When a bus accident occurs in Phoenix, the victims are left to pick up the pieces and try to obtain the relief they need. But that does not mean that victims have to suffer in silence. The laws of Arizona provide those who have been hurt by the actions of others with certain legal rights, including the right to seek relief for damages incurred in a bus collision. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims may help you understand whether you have a valid claim, and if so, who may be liable for your losses.
A Monday morning accident involving a car took place near 40th Street in Phoenix and left the car stopped on the side of the road. According to police in the area, a bus approached the scene and collided with the stopped vehicle, causing a serious impact that sent the car spinning and caused it to burst into flames. The bus and the firey car both came to a rest and emergency crews responded to assess the victims.
No one was inside the car at the time of the impact with the bus but several passengers were on board the bus. At least one woman was hurt and needed medical treatment though the nature of her injuries has not been confirmed.
At this time, authorities have not speculated as to why the bus driver struck the stopped car nor have they released any information on whether the driver will face charges.
When a bus accident takes place, it is often the innocent passengers or those inside another car who are hurt and not the drivers who cause the crash. While nothing can turn back the hands of time and prevent these collisions after they take place, the victims of these accident may be able to obtain financial compensation to cover their damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitative care, and lost wages.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are dedicated personal injury lawyers who fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle. If you have been hurt in a bus accident, we want to fight for you as well. We offer a free case consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we provide it without any obligation on your part.
If a bus accident has left you hurt or has claimed the life of your loved one, call Ables & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Metal Grate Collapse at Mesa Arts Center Injures Tourist, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 13, 2014.
Bus hits car in firery I-10 crash in Phoenix, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published October 13, 2014.