All across Knoxville, people depend on the buses and trolleys in the area to get them from point A to point B on a regular basis. Not only can mass transit options be more affordable and convenient for passengers, they can also be safer.
Operators are expected to have appropriate training and comply with strict rules which can go a long way in avoiding accidents. Further, the large size of public transportation vehicles can also work in favor of passenger safety. However, accidents do still happen.
There are a few common reasons why accidents involving buses or other transit vehicles happen.
- Bus driver error: If the person behind the wheel of your bus makes a mistake or bad decision, the results can be catastrophic. Public transit drivers should be paying attention, scanning the roadways and obeying traffic laws at all times. Failure to do this could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash.
- Actions of other motorists: People sharing the road with buses are expected to use appropriate caution around these vehicles. Sadly, many people don’t do this and end up cutting off a bus, striking passengers entering or exiting a bus or simply driving recklessly around the large vehicles.
- Negligent hiring or training practices by transit companies: Drivers should be properly trained and vetted before being allowed to operate a huge, heavy, passenger-carrying vehicle. If companies hire unsafe drivers or fail to train them in accordance with state and federal requirements, they could ultimately be held accountable for any accidents caused by those drivers.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an accident involving a bus or other mass transit vehicle, identifying the party responsible with the help of an attorney should be a top priority after seeking medical help for injuries.
The attorneys at our firm have helped people in this situation file a personal injury claim seeking compensation from a negligent party, which can provide great relief to the victims hurt by negligent or reckless behavior. Visit our website for more information.