Two people were killed and one person was seriously injured last night when a Sound Transit bus apparently had some type of mechanical failure, went through a red light and struck an SUV in a Kirkland intersection around 9:33pm.
The accident occurred as the bus exited Interstate 405 at Totem Lake in Kirkland. The bus was exiting onto 128th Street when it struck a Ford Escape SUV driven by Kendall L. Rotta.
The bus driver showed no sign of intoxication and he said the bus experienced a brake failure which prohibited him from stopping.
Killed in the accident were Robert H. Rotta, 76, who died at the accident scene and Elizabeth E. Rotta, 75, who died at Harborview Medical Center.
The driver of the SUV, Kendall L. Rotta, 51, was taken to Harborview with serious injuries.
There were 35 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident and an unspecified number suffered minor injuries.
The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, is asking witnesses to the accident or events leading up to it to contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Ben McBride at (360) 805-1195.
An investigation into the metro bus accident will certainly look at maintenance records to determine if mechanical failure was a factor in this tragic motor vehicle accident.
Finding fault in a bus accident
When a bus accident happens, the victims and the victims’ families will naturally seek answers to the cause of the accident. In the aftermath of a bus accident, including one caused by mechanical issue such as a brake failure, one or more of the following entities could be found at fault:
- Bus Driver — if the bus driver did not report a mechanical problem or made a driving error.
- Bus Mechanic — sometimes a bus mechanic missed inspecting or fixing any mechanical issues which could present a danger.
- Bus Operator — in this case Sound Transit is the bus operator. In an accident such as this one, the bus operator could be found at fault if it is determined that the bus was not properly maintained or safety regulations were ignored.
- Bus Manufacturer — if the bus had defects or flaws due to the manufacture of the bus or the design of the bus, the manufacturer could beheld partially responsible for the bus accident.
Kirkland injury bus accident attorney
For more information about your rights in a metro trans bus accident, see King County Transit Bus Accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bus accident, or if a loved one has been killed, it is important that you find out the cause of the accident as well as obtain legal counsel so that your rights, and the rights of your loved one are protected.
Herbert Farber, a Bellevue bus accident attorney, is here to help you and will provide you with a free case evaluation. Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.