An accident involving a pickup truck and a public bus in Orlando on December 7, early in the afternoon, left many people injured. The bus was stopped on Orange Blossom Trail at a bus stop to load and unload passengers when the white pickup apparently smashed into the back of the bus at full speed.
Reports vary as to the exact number hurt, but the bus driver and at least 12 bus passengers suffered injuries in the collision. Some of the injuries were serious or critical, but none have been described as life-threatening. The driver of the pickup truck refused medical treatment, but his passenger suffered critical injuries and needed to be extracted by rescue workers.
The pickup truck is owned by a business. The Lynx bus system is operated by the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority and provides service throughout central Florida.
Dealing with public transportation injuries
A collision involving a bus can lead to serious injuries. Recovering compensation for this type of accident can be more difficult than for a regular car accident because government agencies may be involved. Bringing a claim against a government organization like the Lynx system typically requires notice of the claim to be filed within a few weeks, and special procedures must be followed in such cases. However, if another driver is responsible for the accident, the case may proceed like a normal car accident case, allowing you to seek compensation from an insurance company.
If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of public transportation accident in Florida, the bus accident attorneys at the Bradenton firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh can help you pursue justice.