A Metro bus collided with a car east of downtown Houston on January 4, sending 12 people to local hospitals. According to witnesses, the driver of the car ran a red light, slamming into the bus. Witnesses say the bus went up onto the curb and dragged the car about 100 feet. Both drivers are among the injured. None of the injuries to anyone involved were life-threatening.
Although this accident was undoubtedly terrifying to those involved, most likely no permanent damage was done. This accident illustrates the dangers that can occur when someone takes public transportation. Millions of Americans rely on various forms of public transportation every day to get to work, including buses, taxis, trains, subways, and airplanes. Under the law, the companies who provide that public transportation must use the highest degree of care when transporting passengers for hire.
When an accident involving public transportation does occur, the accident could involve one or two passengers or hundreds of passengers. Typically, the companies involved have a lot of insurance and may attempt to resolve the case quickly by offering an inadequate settlement in an attempt to avoid litigation.
If you are ever involved in an accident while you are using public transportation, you need an advocate on your side that is helping to protect your interests against those of the public transportation company. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit our Facebook page to learn more.