Bus Accident Attorney Eric Hageman
One of the cases we are working on involves a pedestrian that was struck by a bus while he was in the crosswalk. We investigated the case, and one of the things we learned was that the driver, at the time he struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk, was distracted by talking to a passenger. This is something we often see in bus accident cases. We deal with many distracted driver cases, but in the bus accident context, one of the things we see is that the passengers are often the distraction for the driver. And that was true in this case.
Our client was simply crossing the street in the crosswalk. The bus approached the intersection to turn left. As it was approaching the intersection, a passenger distracted the driver, asked him for directions, and the driver turned to answer. As he did so, he made a turn and ran over our client in the crosswalk, severely injuring him and causing traumatic brain injury.
“Discovering that the driver was distracted was a significant part of this case. Liability was very clear from the start and our job was to establish how seriously hurt our client was.”
Your situation will need to be considered in light of federal and state guidelines. Buses are common carriers and are obligated to provide a higher level of safety. They fit into the same category as trains and planes. All common carriers may be liable for personal injuries to passengers. The carrier must have the essential equipment and a sensible degree of skill to carry out the transportation of passengers.
State policies vary, but in general, if a personal injury occurs because the carrier was not in compliance with safety regulations, the carrier may have total liability for personal injuries. Liability issues in these cases often involve driver negligence, driver training, inadequate security, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products, drunk driving, and improper maintenance.
If you were injured by a defective bus, you may have a case against the manufacturer and others.
Product Liability Investigation
Our attorneys are investigating a potential design defect in certain transit buses. According to our sources, a large driver’s-side mirror obstructs the driver’s view when turning left. Several accidents involving pedestrians may have occurred.
In these cases, the bus turns left into the crosswalk while the pedestrian is crossing the street, resulting in serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Our lawyers have won millions for our clients and have been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Lawyers USA, and others regarding product safety and product liability litigation.
In addition to serving the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, Rochester and Duluth, our attorneys represent people thoughout Minnesota and the United States.