Although buses statistically provide one of the safest forms of transportation, the carnage and extent of injury can be devastating when Florida bus accidents occur. Because passengers in Miami-Dade County embark on tens of thousands of trips covering hundreds of thousands of miles annually, serious bus accidents are predictable. When bus drivers fail to exercise caution and remain attentive, or public entities and transit companies do not exercise care in screening, training, and supervising drivers, the risk posed to passengers increases dramatically. While bus companies are considered common carriers who owe passengers a heightened duty of care, injured passengers seeking financial compensation from municipalities and other government entities that run bus lines face special challenges. In this blog, our Miami bus accident attorneys review a recent settlement of a bus accident claim that focuses attention on these obstacles.
An article in the Sun Sentinel reported on the tragic story of a boy who suffered permanent debilitating injuries after being dragged by a bus. The boy and his mom were approaching the bus when she fell, so she told her son to run to catch the bus. A passenger on the bus informed the bus driver about “runners” approaching the vehicle. While the teen was able to reach the bus before it pulled away from the curb, the driver closed the door on the boy’s arm. The driver then pulled the vehicle away from the curb and dragged the boy for approximately seven seconds. The teen fell and was then partially run over by the massive vehicle. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for more than a month. The teen also was unable to return to school for 1.5 years. The lingering effects of the bus accident included neuropsychological deficits in memory and processing speed, physical impairments, compromised motor dexterity, neurocognitive disorder, central auditory processing disorder, and adjustment disorder with depression. Continue reading →