Collision Between Bus and Truck Injures Passengers

By Peter DePaolis

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Whenever passengers are on board a bus, it can present many problems. If a bus is involved in an accident, it places the passengers in a precarious position. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is essentially responsible for the safety of passengers aboard their buses. WMATA has a responsibility to its passengers to provide safe transportation from one location to another.

Metro bus number 36 was transporting passengers to Friendship Heights when it was involved in a collision with a truck. Although four passengers were injured, those injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Both vehicles were making a left-hand turn when the accident occurred. The accident happened at the intersection of 15th and 1 Street NW.

Most public transportation buses do not have seat belts that passengers can use to prevent injuries. This greatly places passenger safety in the hands of the bus driver. It is important that other drivers follow safe driving practices when operating their vehicles. This accident could have been prevented if the driver of the truck was not following too close to the bus for this accident to occur.

If you or a loved one is injured due to an accident similar to this one, contact a qualified Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.