A shuttle bus accident near the Sea-Tac Airport parking garage killed one person and resulted in injuries to seven others. According to King County police, the accident occurred when a Marriott shuttle bus collided with a BMW car.
The BMW driver was heading south on the International Boulevard when she crossed the center line and crashed into the northbound shuttle bus. The collision caused the shuttle to end up on its side with a shattered windshield. Two onlookers smashed the shuttle windshield further to get the driver out.
Serious Injuries to the Survivors
The passenger who was killed in the accident was a 45-year old man who got ejected from the shuttle upon impact and got crushed. Seven people were sent to the hospital, out of which three were released soon. One of the people at the crash site said that his 63-year old mother was on the shuttle, and she had suffered head injuries as well as injuries to her hand.
Bus was Equipped with Seat Belts
The Sheriff’s Office at King County said that the shuttle bus was fitted with seat belts for all the 14 passenger seats it had. A total of eight people were on-board at the time of the accident, but the deputies were investigating whether any of them was wearing seat belt.
According to Washington State Patrol, passengers in these types of buses are not legally required to wear seat belts. The investigators were looking into the possibility whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the crash.
Liability for Bus Accidents in Washington
Multiple parties may be responsible for your personal injuries in a bus accident or the wrongful death of a loved one. Liability will depend on the circumstances of the crash and the type of bus involved. An established shuttle bus accident attorney will explore the possible liability of the following parties in general:
WMATA or another agency
If you were injured in an accident involving a DC Metrobus, it might be possible to hold WMATA liable for your injuries and losses. If the driver’s negligence or poor bus maintenance contributed to your injuries, your lawyer will try to establish evidence that can prove the liability of the WMATA or another government agency.
For an accident involving a school, even if your injuries occurred because of the driver’s fault, your school bus accident lawyer in Washington will try to hold the school district responsible. The school district could be a government entity, which means you will have to file your claim within a shorter time period.
Bus Company / Manufacturer
If the owner of the bus is a private company, their insurance provider may be able to cover the costs of your injuries and damages. If the accident occurred because of a manufacturing defect in the bus, your attorney will hold the bus manufacturer liable for your injuries.