School buses, public transit buses, university shuttles, and charter buses all help to provide Utah students, commuters, shoppers, and seniors with convenient and affordable transportation to and from hundreds of destinations throughout the state. But while most riders will reach their destinations safely, serious accidents can occur when bus drivers are fatigued, careless, inattentive, or intoxicated. While less common than driver negligence, issues like vehicle defects or even defects in the road can also cause serious crashes and collisions.
If you or one of your family members was hit by a bus in Utah, or was injured while riding a bus that got into an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the wages you lost, and other financial losses related to your injuries. Attorney Jay Sheen can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Jay has over 33 years of experience representing bus accident victims in the Salt Lake City area, and through a combination of knowledge, skill, and an unwillingness to give up on challenging cases, has achieved favorable resolutions for numerous clients who sustained severe injuries in automotive accidents.
To set up a free legal consultation with Jay, call the personal injury firm of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580 any time of day or evening, including weekends. No hour is too late or too early, and Jay will keep your information confidential.
Were You Injured While Riding These UTA Bus Routes in Salt Lake County?
Public transportation in Salt Lake City is provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), which operates numerous rail and bus lines throughout the metropolitan area. UTA transports tens of millions of people on an annual basis, serving an area that spans Box Elder County, Davis County, Salt Lake County, Summit County, Tooele County, Utah County, and Weber County.
UTA bus routes in Salt Lake County include, but are not limited to:
- Route 2 – 200 South
- Route 3 – 3rd Avenue
- Route 11 – 11th Avenue
- Route 17 – 1700 South
- Route 21 – 2100 South-2100 East
- Route 33 – 3300 South
- Route 35 – 3500 South
- Route 200 – State Street North
- Route 201 – State Street South
- Route 205 – 500 East
- Route 209 – 900 East
- Route 213 – 1300 East-1100 East
- Route 217 – Redwood Road
- Route 218 – Sandy-South Jordan
- Route 223 – 2300 East-Holladay Boulevard
- Route 228 – Foothill Boulevard-2700 East
- Route 240 – 4000 West-Dixie Valley
- Route 307 – Cottonwood Heights Fast Bus
- Route 313 – South Valley-U of U Fast Bus
- Route 320 – Highland Drive Fast Bus
- Route 456 – Ogden-Unisys-Rocky Mountain Express
- Route 460 – Woods Cross
- Route 461 – Bountiful via State Capitol
- Route 477 – Parc Center-Davis County Shuttle
- Route 516 – Poplar Grove-Glendale
My Child Was Hurt in a School Bus Accident, Who is Liable?
Utah Code § 59-12-102 defines a “common carrier” as “a person engaged in… the business of transporting passengers, freight, merchandise, or other property for hire” within Utah’s boundaries. Because UTA and school buses fall under Utah’s definition of common carriers, they are held to an exceptionally rigorous “standard of care,” meaning they are held to higher-than-normal safety standards. Stated another way, UTA and school bus drivers must take any and all feasible precautions to cut down on the risk of causing a preventable accident.
When a person is injured in a bus crash which would not have occurred if not for the driver’s actions – or in some cases, the driver’s failure to take action – the injury victim may be able to recover compensation. In some cases, only the individual driver is liable, while in others, liability may also extend to the driver’s employer and/or additional parties, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Some common examples of ways bus drivers can be negligent include:
- Coming to an unreasonably violent stop, which can cause an accidental fall.
- Driving while impaired by medication.
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
- Failing to brake in time.
- Failing to yield right-of-way.
- Following another vehicle too closely for safety (“tailgating”).
- Making improper turns.
- Speeding excessively.
Compensation can help cover the costs of both current and anticipated medical bills, which, depending on the situation, might include hospital bills, physical therapy, medical equipment/devices, and surgical costs. With regard to loss of employment, factors like the injury victim’s salary, projected lifespan, and anticipated job growth will all be considered if compensation is awarded.
Serious injuries and medical complications which can result from bus crashes and collisions include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Bone Fractures
- Contusions and Lacerations
- Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement
- Internal Bleeding
- Crush Injuries
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were 447 bus crashes statewide in 2014. These crashes were collectively responsible for three deaths, over 90 injuries, and more than 350 instances of property damage.
If you, your spouse, or your child was injured in a bus crash, call accident lawyer Jay Sheen at (801) 618-3580 to schedule a confidential legal consultation, completely free of charge. You may have a right to be compensated.