Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the world renown poet who died in 1861, wrote a sonnet to her future husband, the treasured 19th century poet Robert Browning. The first two immortal lines are, “How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.”
I now transition to the current subject and borrow the second sentence of Ms. Browning’s famous sonnet: How do bus drivers cause accidents? “Let me count the ways”: A passenger enters the bus but before sitting down, the bus lurches forward. The passenger falls and fractures her hip.
Or, the bus driver brings the vehicle to a halt where the exit door is lined up with a dangerously broken road. The passenger has no choice. She steps down to exit, falls on the hazardous roadway and suffers a significant fracture of her thigh bone.
Or, the bus driver makes a right turn so tight that the rear tire climbs the curb and strikes a pedestrian on the sidewalk causing substantial injuries.
Or, the driver is running late on the route and goes through a changing traffic light causing a violent crash with a passenger car. Those in the vehicle and on the bus are severely injured.
Or, the bus is crowded. Every seat is taken with passengers standing in the aisle. The bus comes to a sudden halt at a bus stop in order to pick up passengers when the driver could have come to a gradual safe stop thus preventing the falling of several of the standing passengers who sustain serious personal injuries.
Or, it’s a long distance bus traveling on the interstate. The driver has a late night and dozes off. The bus veers violently off the road and turns over in an embankment. Passengers are seriously injured and several tragically are killed.
Or, the driver is operating the bus at an unsafe speed given the slippery road conditions and loses control.
Or, while the bus is driven into a routine rest stop for the passengers to get off and have lunch, the driver hurriedly gulps down several bottles of beer out of sight of the passengers and causes an accident. Several passengers are injured, and the driver is charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
I could go on and on with other scenarios that address bus accidents and passenger injuries, but you get the point! In each of the narratives, the bus driver is negligent and causes severe personal injury to passengers who had an absolute right to expect a safe ride. For such failure, the bus authorities and or owners are responsible. Under the law, they must be held accountable for the actions of their negligent drivers. And that means “JUSTICE WITH A CAPITAL J”!
At the law firm of Finz & Finz, P.C. we have represented injured victims of bus accidents in all of the categories above and pride ourselves in obtaining maximum results for our clients.
“A FORGETFUL MINUTE CAN SOMETIMES PRODUCE A LIFETIME OF PAIN.”
Leonard L. Finz, age 96, is a decorated WWII veteran (1st Lt., Field Artillery, Philippines), a former New York State Supreme Court Justice, Peer-Reviewed as “One of America’s Preeminent Lawyers”, and the Founder of Finz & Finz, P.C