Montgomery County’s public transportation is a popular choice, and in some cases an only option, for many Silver Spring residents. Work on a proposed Silver Spring Transit Center began in 2008 with an expected completion date in 2010. This new state-of-the-art transit center would service metro lines, MARC commuter trains, taxis, and buses, and would increase bus ridership by 7%. However, the project ran into some serious problems with construction and design flaws. The project is now four years behind schedule and $50 million over budget. Although this new transit center will feature three floors and an organized layout for the various forms of transportation, it is still possible that with increased traffic there will be bus accidents. Bus accidents often result in serious injuries because there are no seatbelts and buses can easily roll over in high impact crashes.
The experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure have handled several bus accident cases, including school buses, public buses, and privately chartered buses. Each type of bus accident has its own challenges, which is why it is crucial that you hire attorneys experienced in the area of bus accidents. Common causes of bus accidents include: bus driver negligence, bus driver fatigue, failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, improper bus maintenance, and dangerous weather conditions.
In addition, with the construction and design flaws of the new transit center, it is possible that someone could get injured if something is not properly repaired before the building opens. Portner & Shure also specializes in personal injury cases where another party is at fault or negligent. In these types of circumstances, our top-rated Silver Spring accident attorneys will investigate to determine if another party is at fault. If the injury is due to a construction defect, your attorney must determine if the construction company knew of the defect and chose not to fix it, or if they just were not aware of the problem. You likely have a stronger case if it can be proven that the construction company had knowledge of the defect and refused to repair it.
If you or a family member have been injured in a bus accident in Silver Spring, Maryland and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on bus accidents please feel free to contact our office at (301) 854-9000 or visit us on the web at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Bus-Accidents.shtml