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Ten of 16 people on board a school bus carrying the King’s High School basketball team from Shoreline were injured after the bus overturned on an off-ramp on Interstate 5 at Mountlake Terrace reports KOMO News.

The school bus accident occurred Saturday night as the bus exited Interstate 5 to Highway 104 and rolled onto its side.

The passengers suffered injuries including scrapes, bruises, a contusion and a broken arm.

The bus driver said the brakes on the bus failed. Some witnesses reported the bus traveling too fast as it exited the freeway but the bus driver says that the brakes on the bus had failed.

While hundreds of thousands of students ride school buses every year, fatal school bus accidents are relatively year. However, there are up to 12,000 children injured every year in school bus accidents. In an accident like this, people ask, “Why don’t school buses have seatbelts.”

Most experts say that seat belts do not make school buses any safer. Riding in a school bus is actually 40 times safer than riding in a car and htat is because of the seat compartments that have high backs and are padded. The other factor that makes school buses safer is that passengers are riding higher up than in a passenger vehicle.

Thankfully, no members of the King’s High School basketball team was critically injured.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bus accidents.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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washington_school_bus.jpgThis week is school bus safety week and Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) says that, based on their survey, more drivers are ignoring school bus stop signs than ever beffore.

According to the OSPI, there has been a 10% increase of motorist violating the the school bus stop sign law when compared with last year.

Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.370 requires:

The driver of a vehicle upon overtaking or meeting from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the roadway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on said school bus a visual signal as specified in RCW46.37.190 and said driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer activated.

On May 1, 2014, the OSPI did a survey in which they counted the number of cars that passed school buses with extended stop signs. In Bellevue where 51 bus drivers participated in the study, there were 66 vehicles that passed the extended stop. In Issaquah with 101 bus drivers participating in the count, 32 were passed and in Seattle with 384 bus drivers participating, 371 vehicles passed the buses.

State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says if the data recorded on May 1 was extrapolated then more than half million drivers are violating school bus stop signs in a school year.

Drive Safely Around School Buses

Since 2000, 130 school-age pedestrians have been struck and killed by school buses or other vehicles.

Be aware that when a school bus flashes its yellow lights, it is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.

Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicates that children are loading and unloading from the bus. Drivers must remain stopped until the red lights stop flashing and the stop sign is no longer extended. Be on alert that children might dart across the street at this time. Keep at least a 10 feet distance between your vehicle and a school bus at all times. Be patient and realize that the safety of school children is paramount.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with offices in Bellevue, Washington and we represent pedestrian accident victims and bus accident victims and their families.
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washington_school_bus.jpgTwo people in a Chevrolet Tahoe have been injured after their SUV struck a Lake Stevens school bus this morning.

The bus accident occurred around 7am this morning when the Tahoe crossed into the oncoming lanes at South Lake Stevens Road and South Davies Road. Police cite excessive speed as a factor in the accident.

The driver of the SUV and passenger were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Fortunately no one on the bus was injured in the accident.

School Bus Accidents

School buses take millions of children to and fro school and are one of the safest ways for children to travel.

During the 10 year period from 2001 to 2010, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related accidents which accounted to 0.34% of the total of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 there were 129 people killed in school transportation related accidents and of those, only 12% were occupants of the school vehicle including six drivers and 10 passengers. When you realize that there are approximately 10 billion student trips every year, they are very safe vehicles. Another way of looking at school accident data is that there are 0.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in school buses compared with 1.5 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles for cars.

School buses have many safety upgrades including warning light, tall seats, thick padding and strong internal structures. School bus drivers are held to a high standard as to training and physical well-being.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents including school bus accidents, metro bus accidents and airport shuttle bus accidents. For more information, see King County Transit Bus Accidents for information on legal assistance for people seriously injured in metro bus accidents.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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A Community Transit commuter bus was involved in a collision with a sport utility vehicle this morning, injuring two passengers on the bus.

The CT bus was on its way to Seattle from Lake Stevens when the bus accident occurred around 6:30am in the Interstate 5 express lanes.

Though the accident is under investigation, a report in the Herald of Everett indicated that it may have been caused when the driver of the SUV made an unsafe lane change. A third vehicle that was also involved in the accident left the accident scene.

Washington Bus Accident Lawyer Provides Professional Services

The Farber Law Group, a Washington bus accident lawyer, represents people who have been seriously injured in accidents involving school buses, metro buses, shuttle busses and tour buses. Herbert G. Farber, the firm’s founder, works to secure accident settlements for those who have been injured.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a accident involving a bus or if a loved one has been killed, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. After any accident, victims may be wondering how they will pay their bills including medical costs and who will compensate them for time off work. Because so many parties are involved in a bus accident involving a county, city, private or public entity, you may need to seek the advice of an experienced bus accident lawyer to insure your legal rights are protected and that you are fairly compensated for your damages.

The Farber Law Group will work to make sure you receive proper medical attention and that you receive compensation for your injuries. Mr. Farber is has more than 30 years experience with legal and medical issues and has the staff to evaluate the economic damages you have experienced.

Whenever you have been involved in a bus accident, you should seek medical care even if your injuries seem minor at the time. Sometimes, injuries that seem minor worsen with time. Sometimes a few days later, you may experience an increase in pain or other injuries that were not at first apparent.

The Farber Law Group will guide you through the process of receiving medical care, documenting your injuries, and gathering facts related to your injuries and the accident.
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Seattle police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred this morning on Capitol Hill when a Metro bus struck a man at 11th Avenue and Pine Street around 6am this morning near Cal Anderson Park according to the Seattle police blotter.

According to the Seattle Police blog, the man who was killed appeared to be in in his 20’s. The investigation will attempt to determine if the pedestrian was already on the ground when he was struck. The man may have been dragged by the bus as his body was found behind the bus.

It does not appear that the bus driver, an employee of Metro for the past three years, was impaired.

Any metro bus accident will be fully investigated. Investigators go out to the accident scene immediately after the accident. Bus drivers are trained to cooperate fully with investigators and are often the first person to report the bus accident to authorities.

Washington attorney represents bus accident victims and their families

The Farber Law Group represents injured pedestrians, bus riders and passengers of motor vehicles who wish to file a claim against a negligent bus driver or transportation company. In cases where a bus accident was caused by a mechanical malfunction, a bus driver who was driving impaired or failing to exercise due caution, a negligence lawsuit may help you obtain compensation for your damages.

How to Proceed with a Bus Accident Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a bus whether it is a metro bus, school bus or a private motor coach, you may wish to file a lawsuit against the bus driver, bus owner or company who employed the bus driver or the bus manufacturer. It is important to hire an attorney with experience in representing bus accident victims.

Often, the strength of a negligence case rests on the evidence which establishes the other party’s negligence. An attorney will use the police investigation but also interview witnesses and obtain other documentation to determine whether the bus driver was adequately trained, the bus was adequately maintained and that all traffic laws were followed.

Damages in a Bus Accident Lawsuit

An experienced bus accident lawyer will also consult with medical and economic professions who will determine your damages which include current and future medical expenses, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damages and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, or a loved one killed, contact The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm with experience representing bus accident victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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washington bus accident lawyerSchool bus transportation is a very safe mode of transport for students. Where the danger lies for students is when they are getting on and off the school bus. A new survey conducted by school bus drivers found that many Washington motorists flout Washington law requiring that motorists stop for school buses that have their arms out and lights flashing.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) had school bus drivers record of a single day how many times the bus was illegally passed. In Washington state, school 3,588 school bus drivers conducted the survey on May 1st, 2013. What they observed was startling:

  • 693 illegal passes in the morning
  • 81 illegal passes during midday
  • 749 illegal passes in the afternoon

Washington state law requires drivers to stop for a school bus that has its red lights flashing regardless on whether it is on a motorists side of the road, the opposite side of the road or at an approaching intersection. The only time a motorist is not required to stop for a school bus with flashing lights is on a divided highway with a median that cannot be crossed and the bus is on the other side of the median. Motorists must stop for school buses when it is dropping off or picking up students on school or private property.

The following video shows a “near miss”, a child almost being hit by a motorist when the school bus had lights flashing and the arm displayed.

 

 

The potential for a tragedy is there when motorists do not respect the law.
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renton pedestrian accidentSchools are in session at schools across Washington state and safety for children who are walking and bicycling to school must be a priority for all motorists. School zones – areas surrounding schools – alert motorists that children are present and requires them to slow down. School zones are often marked with signage and/or flashing lights and sometimes school crossing guards.

School zones prevent serious injuries and fatalities by requiring drivers to slow down. Studies show that if a car hit a person while traveling at 20mph, the fatality rate is 5 percent. As speeds increase, the fatality rate increases. At 30mph the fatality rate is 45 percent and increases to 85 percent at 40 mph.

Seattle has installed speed-enforcement cameras at a number of schools and has received around $14.8 million in revenue from the $189 fines that accompany speeding in school zones. They city plans to use this revenue to further enhance school zone safety.

Safety Around School Buses

Remember when you see a school bus:

  • Do not pass a school bus with flash lights and arm extended.
  • On undivided roads, all lanes of traffic must stop for school bus flashing lights.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the school bus will be stopping to load or unload children and motorists should prepare to stop.
  • Red flashing lights indicate that the school bus is stopped children are getting on or off the bus at this time. Children can be unpredictable and can dash across the street without looking before or after boa4rding their bus so motorists. Motorists must remain stopped until the lights are no longer flashing.
  • School bus drivers are allowed, by law, to report a violation if motorists do not properly stop for flashing lights.


Tips for Motorists in School Zones

  • Motorists must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks regardless of whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Every intersection is a crosswalk regardless of whether it is marked.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way and drivers must yield to them when turning.
  • Drivers should scan the roadway and sidewalks when driving near schools during school arrival and dismissal. Children can be unpredictable and dart from between parked cars to greet a friend.

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One person was critically injured and two people seriously injured when an out-of-control semi-truck hit a charter bus and two passenger vehicles today in Seattle reports the Seattle Fire Department. The critically injured person and four seriously injured persons were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One seriously injured person went to Virginia Mason and one to Swedish, both in Seattle.

All of the injured suffered neck and or back pain. The semi truck driver was listed in serious condition.

The semi truck accident occurred around 12:10pm as the semi truck was transitioning onto to Interstate 5 from West Seattle near the Columbian Way exit.

It is unclear at this point what caused the semi-truck to lose control. It was a very rainy day in Seattle with slick streets which necessitated all vehicles to slow down. If this trucker did not pay attention to prevailing road conditions, he may face charges of negligent driving.

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Local Attorney Represents Semi Truck Accident Victims

Motor vehicle accidents involving semi trucks often result in serious and fatal injuries to the occupants of passenger vehicles.

Interstate 5 is a major traffic corridor and semi truck accidents occur on a too-frequent basis. In 2009, there were 453 fatal accidents involving semi trucks in Washington and 31% of these occurred on interstate highways. More semi truck accidents occur between 6am to 3pm than other time periods.

Driving a semi truck or big rig is a challenging job which requires a high degree of professionalism. Common factors in semi truck accidents include:

  • speeding
  • driver fatigue
  • distracted driving
  • unfamiliarity with the road
  • medication

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of an accident involving a negligent big truck operator, you may be able to bring an injury accident claim against the driver and the company he/she was driving for. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist by requesting pertinent data related to the accident that injured you including the accident report, black box data, fuel receipts, drug testing and the driver’s log.
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Public school in Bellevue and Seattle begins in just a couple of weeks and it is important that all drivers be careful as traffic patterns change, school buses stop to pick up passengers and children begin walking to school.

It is important for parents and caregivers who are dropping off and picking up kids from school to obey the school traffic control officers and use the recommended traffic flow plans. Especially in the first few weeks of school, it is not uncommon for a child to dart into traffic when they see their parent’s car or friends call to them from across a street.

Now is the time to talk with your child about where you will be dropping them off and picking them up. If your child is walking to school, it is recommended that you practice walking to and from school, going over their route and reminding them to stop, look, listen and look again before crossing an intersection. If your student will be biking to school, make sure that their bicycle helmet fits properly and that they understand the rules of the road.

It is also recommended that parents monitor their children the first few days of school to make sure they are remembering the rules of crossing the street and riding their bicycles. Children need a lot of reminders.

Traffic Safety Recommendations

The Farber Law Group reminds motorists to slow down and be extra careful when you see a school bus, a school zone or when children are present.

  • Watch for children walking to school
  • Watch for children at school bus stops as children may dart across the street to get to the bus top
  • Be careful backing out of your driveway or leaving your garage as children may be biking or walking to school
  • Be patient with school crossing guards who may be “learning the ropes” during the first few weeks of school

Safety Around School Buses

Remember that school bus stops may be in unexpected places. As cities like Bellevue have built more condominium and apartment units in the downtown urban core, one has to remember that many of these units are homes to children and their buses stop for them in unexpected places like on Bellevue Way in front of the Bellevue Square mall.

One of the most devastating pedestrian accidents is when a child is hit by a school bus. Children need to be taught how to be safe around buses and to understand that school buses have blind spots and the driver may not be able to see them if they walk or run in front of the bus. Children must be reminded that the most dangerous part of their school bus ride is getting on and off of the bus. Nationally, more children are killed outside of school buses than within a school bus during an accident. Most of these accidents occur during daytime hours and clear weather. Read Teach your children school bus safety.
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The Seattle Fire Department has transported two boys, a girl and a “mom” to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle after a tire on a King Co. Metro bus exploded and the four were hit by flying debris according to the department’s Twitter Feed.

The tire blowout occurred at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street on a Bus Route 7 bus.

According to the SFD, all the injuries appeared to be minor and that the visit to Harborview was a precaution.