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Passengers can get seriously hurt in bus accidents

Pittsburgh’s public transportation largely is run by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Every day, more than 200,000 people use buses, light rail, incline and para-transit services provided by the Port Authority to get around the city.

Unfortunately, it is getting harder to take advantage of public transit in Pittsburgh. Recent budget cuts led to reduced routes and workforce. As a result, the remaining buses on the road have become overcrowded. Besides being uncomfortable, an overstuffed bus has the potential to cause numerous injuries if an auto accident occurs.

As everyone who has ever ridden the bus knows, there are no seatbelts available for passengers. If the bus crashes into another vehicle, the impact can easily throw people from their seats. Resulting injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to broken bones and brain injuries. And if there are a lot of people aboard, it can be difficult to evacuate a bus after a crash, delaying medical attention for the seriously injured.

Privately-owned versions of public transportation can also present a potential danger. Passengers have gotten seriously hurt while riding in a cab or a cross-country bus like Greyhound.

Because mass transit passengers have little control over the vehicle in which they are riding, it is more likely that the party responsible for the accident is one of the drivers. Once the liable person or people are identified, injured people can take legal action in order to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other expenses caused by the defendants’ negligence.

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