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A recent crash with a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus in Pittsburgh left three people with minor injuries. While we are grateful that nobody sustained major injuries, we know that there will still be an investigation to figure out what happened and which party was negligent.
The bus was traveling along Penn Avenue when the crash with a private car occurred. Two people from the bus and one person from the car were taken to the hospital.
When there is a “bus vs. auto accident”, the results are often much worse. While you may not think of buses as being a major concern, have you stopped lately to think about how many of them there are around our area? In and around the city, there are thousands of buses moving about daily. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are here if you need a Pittsburgh bus accident attorney. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.
The Official Statistics
The numbers for Pennsylvania’s latest reporting year may not look alarming, but we need to dig deeper:
- There were 567 commercial bus crashes
- There were 292 school bus crashes.
Think about how much of an impact a single bus crash can have. First, consider how many people are typically on a bus. They are almost always never using any kind of seat belt. In an accident, bus passengers can be thrown around, especially if there is a rollover.
A bus also has the potential to affect dozens of vehicles around it due to its size and weight. There is no way for a regular passenger vehicle to stand up to the force of a bus crashing into it.
In the aftermath of a bus accident, we typically see the following types of injuries:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Crush injuries
- And more
How These Accidents Happen
Bus companies and agencies must regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Vehicle failure can be disastrous if the bus is moving at a high rate of speed and the driver loses control. We often see problems with the following systems on a bus:
- Tires or wheels
All bus drivers should be properly licensed and trained to operate the vehicles. They should also never be impaired by drugs or alcohol or distracted by phones or other devices.
Your Next Steps
We know that any accident is scary, but bus accidents can be particularly devastating. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, seek legal assistance immediately. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we will work to secure compensation for:
- Any medical expenses related to the crash
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages
When you need a Pittsburgh bus accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-98-TWINS(89467).