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The Dangers of Bus Accidents to Passengers and Pedestrians

We see them all the time: public transport buses, school buses, tour buses, and more. They’re essential to many individuals who use them to get from one destination to another. However, as helpful as they are, when negligence is involved they can become seriously dangerous.

The two types of individuals who may sustain some of the most serious injuries include the passengers on the bus and pedestrians. Here are some of the potential dangers that these individuals face and what their rights are should they sustain an injury as a result of negligence.

Why Passengers are Extremely Vulnerable

Imagine riding around in a bus and suddenly, there is a loud and powerful impact. The bus driver wasn’t paying attention and crashed into another vehicle at a high speed. What happens to the individuals inside the bus either standing or sitting there without any kind of seatbelt for your protection.

Passengers are at risk of being thrown around the cabin in the event of a bus accident because there are not always precautions in place to protect those on board. This often results in serious injuries, including traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and more.

When Pedestrians are at Risk

Pedestrians are all over on the road—sidewalks and crosswalks are often very crowded in San Francisco. When a bus driver is negligent, such as distracted, they may not follow some of the laws by which they must abide. This could mean running a red light and colliding with pedestrians trying to cross the street.

When a pedestrian is struck by a large bus traveling at a higher speed, the injuries can be catastrophic. Pedestrians have no kind of protection like individuals in motor vehicles. There’s no frame to keep them from being severely injured.

At The Matiasic Firm, our San Francisco bus accident lawyers understand that negligence in a bus accident should not be tolerated. Those injured have the right to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a bus accident, our team is here to help. We aim to guide you through the process and seek the compensation you need and deserve after sustaining harm because of someone else’s reckless actions.

Call our firm at (415) 858-6692 to discuss your rights.