Public Transportation Accident Overview

According to the American Public Transportation Association, more than 30 million people take public transportation each year. However, between 2000 and 2009, 43,239 people on average, in the United States died each year in transportation-related incidents. Journalist’s Resource reports that based on the average number of U.S. residents over that period, the annual risk of dying in a transportation-related accident is 1 in 6,800.  Accidents can be attributed to:

  • failing to observe traffic signals
  • falling asleep behind the wheel
  • speeding
  • driver negligence
  • and intoxication

Were You Involved In An Accident With A Public Transportation Vehicle?

Collisions take place every day when public transportation vehicle drivers aren’t paying attention. They can be charged with driver negligence. With approximately 10 million car crashes each year, a lot of which result in serious injury, accidents where you were hit by a public transportation vehicle may include:

  • buses – failing to stop before a light, or rear-ending your vehicle
  • ambulances – running a light or speeding with no siren and lights on
  • fire trucks – running a light or speeding with no siren and lights on
  • police vehicles – speeding, running a light, chasing a suspected vehicle

Who is to blame and who is going to pay for your damages?

While you might be concerned because you didn’t do anything wrong, you have to keep in mind that if you were hit by a public transportation vehicle, you may be able to seek legal compensation.

What To Do If You Were Injured In A Vehicle By A Public Transportation Vehicle

This type of accident is considered a personal injury claim, therefore, you need evidence for your case. The following are steps and or pieces of evidence you’ll need:

  • You will need a police report at the scene of the accident
  • You will also need the drivers name and contact information and the department he/she works with. If the accident is a severe one, and you were unconscious, you can get a copy of the police report and this will have all of the details on it
  • Your next step will be to contact your insurance company
  • You then want to contact an attorney who can represent you
  • Be sure to write down your own detailed report as soon as the accident takes place. Sometimes people can suffer head injuries and they might forget, or just the opposite. They might not remember everything directly after the accident.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, even if you have to go back a few days later
  • Draw a diagram of what happened
  • Write down what the weather conditions were
  • Ask yourself if the light was red, green, or yellow when the accident took place and if you heard sirens or if you had the radio on

Building Your Claim

Next, you want to take your vehicle to be repaired and get estimates for your attorney. Additionally if you had a hospital visit, ambulance fees, and any medical bills that are related to the accident, give that to your attorney along with any time off you took from your job.