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Alfreda Kunz, 57, was awarded approximately $20.31 million damage award for injuries she received when she was run over by a New York Transit Authority bus.

Kunz was in a crosswalk and the green walk signal was on when a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus driven by Jose Mateo turned left and ran over her.

Kunz suffered life-altering injuries including:

  • A crushed right arm and leg and she had to have both her arm and her leg amputated. Injuries which confined her to a wheelchair.
  • “Degloving injuries” to her buttocks which is an injury in which the skin is completely pulled off of the underlying tissue. This injury resulted in her having to undergo 20 debridement and skin-graft procedures.
  • Detached retina and a traumatic cataract which resulted in blindness to her eye.
  • Post-traumatic stress.

The court ruled on summary judgment that the defendants were both jointly and severally liable. Summary judgment allows the court to determine some merits of a case without a full trial. After summary judgment, the merits of the damages portion of the case was presented to the jury who awarded $483,900 for Kunz’s medical expenses, $4.83 million for future medical expenses, $4 million for pain and suffering and $11 million for future pain and suffering.

Kunz’s counsel in the case was a fellow AAJ member, Alan M. Shapey of New York City. He called upon expert witnesses including an economist and a life-care planning specialist . Life-care planning expertise is often an important part of determining damages when a person has experienced life-altering injuries. Life care planners provide consultation in valuating life care, loss of income, disability management and rehabilitation costs.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims who have suffered serious injuries due to a bus, car, or truck accident due to the negligent of another.

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The father of Donald Barrett, 40, who was struck and killed by a bus, settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (Metro) for about $1.43 million. Barrett was a pedestrian on a city street and in an intersection when he was struck and killed.

In the case of Barrett V. Los Angeles Co. Metro. Transp Auth, the attorneys representing Barrett’s father and estate sued the bus driver saying that the bus driver was negligent and did not keep a proper lookout and yield to pedestrians.

The lawsuit also claimed that the bus driver did not follow Metro policy when the driver began the turn before the signal light had changed to green.

The defendants in the lawsuit claimed that Barrett stepped into a crosswalk without a walk signal and also failed to take into account a bus making a turn.

Both parties settled the lawsuit before it went to trial for about $1.43 million.

A “wrongful death” is when a person is killed due to a wrongful or negligent act of another. Often wrongful death lawsuits arise from motor vehicle accidents but they can also arise from criminal attacks, on-the-job accidents or activities such as school sports.

In Washington state, the family of a person who was wrongfully killed may file a lawsuit asking for damages on behalf of their deceased loved one.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We hare more than 30 years representing families with their wrongful death claims.

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A Washington state tour bus accident on east bound Interstate 90 outside of Cle Elum killed Ciro R. Astudillo, 51, and Virginia Ocamposoriano, 45, both of Pasco, and injured 21 others on Saturday evening. The bus accident occurred around 6pm on as the chartered bus traveled from Seattle to Moses Lake, Washington.

The bus was returning to Eastern Washington from Seattle’s Qwest field where passengers on the bus had attended a soccer match between Mexico and Ecuador.

According to a report, the bus driver. Elmer Schuman, 67, attempted to change lanes from the right into the left lane and cut off a passenger car, a Hyundai Elantra. It appears as if the bus driver over corrected and hit a GMC truck stopped on the side of the road, causing the bus to flip.

The passenger car that swerved to avoid the bus ended up rolling over three times and landed upside down in the median. The female passenger and a toddler in the Elantra apparently suffered minor injuries.

The GMC truck driver, Jeffrey R. Irmer, 24, of Spokane suffered a serious leg injury and he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

In all, 21 people were injured in the bus accident. 9 of the bus crash victims were hospitalized at Kittitas Valley hospital including a 16-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.

Driver error is often a factor in bus accidents. In this accident, the bus driver will be tested for the presence of alcohol or drugs but an investigation will also determine if the driver lacked the proper training or was distracted.

The National Transportation Safety Board Chairman has criticized the bus industry saying that buses are not equipped with the advanced safety features available in passenger vehicles including adaptive cruise control and electronic stability control. The lack of safety features built-into buses coupled with a lack of seat belts can make bus crashes deadly.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injured due to a bus accident or a loved one was killed, you should contact our experienced Seattle bus accident lawyers at 1-800-455-9087.

The Seattle Times Two who died in fatal bus crash near Cle Elum identified as Pasco residents

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Seattle’s reports that a woman was injured in a pedestrian accident when she was hit by a Metro bus near the Northgate transit center.

The report quoted witnesses saying the woman crossed the street against the light. It also said the woman was struck by a mirror on the bus.

Every year, more than 4,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian often taken chances and make poor choices which can lead to fatal results. Common mistakes pedestrians make include:

  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Crossing in the middle of a block instead of at an intersection
  • Walking along a roadway in the wrong direction
  • Failing to wear light colored clothes and reflective materials late at night.

Common mistakes drivers make include:

  • Failing to yield for a pedestrian at an intersection when going straight
  • Failing to yield for a pedestrian when turning
  • Backing up
  • Driver distraction — not paying attention — including cell phone or texting while driving
  • Driver impatience — jumping a light or running a red light

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another, you should contact The Farber law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have died.
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There was a horrific bus accident in New York over the weekend in which 14 passengers were killed and another 18 passengers injured. Every one of the 32 passengers on the bus were either killed or injured in the bus accident in which the bus was cut in half.

The bus driver, Ophadel E. Williams, 41, of Brooklyn told police that he was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a semi-truck before the accident.

Witnesses, however, report that the bus driver was speeding at the time of the accident and no one has confirmed a hit-and-run incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board along with local police authorities will investigate the accident before a determination of cause is made.

While commercial truck accidents have been decreasing in recent years, the number of bus accidents rose between 2004 form 9,182 in 2004 to 14,292 in 2008 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

According to The New York Daily News, Williams was driving for World Wide Travel which has had five safety violations between December 2009 and October 2010. If it is determined that Williams was speeding at the time of the accident, he could face criminal charges. In the cases of charter bus accidents, the victims and their families can name the company in a bus accident claim.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent bus accident victims and their families with their civil and wrongful death claims.

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A woman in her 20’s was killed instantly when her car was involved in an car accident with a Seattle Metro bus.

Seattle’s KOMO news reports that the woman hit the bus headon in the 4300 block of First Avenue South in Georgetown around 12:05am on Saturday night.

Witnesses said that the woman was speeding in a white Acura and approached the bus from the opposite direction when her car slammed into the bus. It did not appear that the driver tried to slow or stop her vehicle and there were no skid marks.

One of the passengers on the bus suffered back pain and was taken to a local hospital.

Police are investigating the cause of this accident to determine if alcohol was involved, mechanical failure or if this unfortunate accident was perhaps a suicide.

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 and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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A 39-year-old Lacey woman was killed when the car she was riding in slammed into the back of a Shelton School District bus around 6:30 this morning, south of Shelton, reports The Seattle

According to the report, a car driven by a 32-year-old Olympia man was driving an SUV at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour when it rear-ended the school bus that had slowed to turn onto Highway 101.

Luckily there were no children on the school bus at the time of the school bus accident. The school bus driver complained of a sore neck and back after the accident which may be symptoms of a whiplash injury.

Witnesses told police they saw the SUV speeding and weaving prior to the accident and the SUV may have not even braked when it hit the bus.

Washington State Troopers are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. If this is the case, the driver may be charged with Vehicular Homicide. Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.520 states that a driver may be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person is killed in a motor vehicle and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

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Two adults riding in a passenger car were injured in a Fall City motor vehicle accident that involved a Snoqualmie Valley School District school bus this morning.
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The Seattle Times reports that the car apparently pulled out of a driveway into the path of the school bus on Highway 202 near Fish Hatchery Road
No other details regarding the bus vs car accident were provided.

Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.205, Vehicle Entering Highway from Private Road or Driveway, states that a driver of a vehicle entering or crossing a highway from a private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles lawfully approaching on said highway.

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 and the family of those killed.

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At the same time that a Distracted Driving Summit is being held in Washington, the actions of a school bus driver who was caught on camera text messaging while driving a busload of students came to light.

Students in the Broward School District in Florida took photos of their bus driver and sent them to the local TV station.
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One parent said she had called the school district to report the texting driver but said the district did not call her back. One of the children said, “I’m shocked. It’s so irresponsible and negligent.”

A member of the School Board said that a driver caught using a cell phone is suspended for five days and is terminated on the second offense. The report said, however, that the driver cannot be suspended without the approval of the school board.

It seems like the school board should have a rule that any driver caught texting or using a cell phone while driving is immediately dismissed.

Washington State has two laws which regulate using a wireless communication device while driving:



If a commercial driver is involved in a motor vehicle accident due to distracted driving, the driver may be found criminally negligent. Any injured parties could file a civil suit seeking damages from both the driver and the company that he or she works for if it is known that the company ignored previous complaints.

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 Seattle motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like to see lap and shoulder seat belts on all commercial buses.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said:

We’re committed to making sure that motor coach travelers reach their destinations safely. Seat belts save lives, and putting them in motor coaches just makes sense.

motor_coach_seatbelt_safety.jpgThe NHTSA has been debating for years whether safety belts on commercial buses would make the buses safer in case of an accident.