The sheer size of buses makes them especially dangerous in a collision, able to cause massive damage even to fairly large vehicles. In the unfortunate event that a bus strikes not another car, but a pedestrian, the damage is often catastrophic. One might think that a bus driver is careful enough to be aware of pedestrians, but for a variety of reasons, this is not always the case. Whether a bus driver simply couldn’t see a pedestrian or act of sheer negligence, it only takes an instant to change a life forever.

A Staunton, Virginia man is in critical condition following a bus accident last week. Police say that the man was crossing the street when the bus struck him. The bus driver was cited for failure to yield right of way, and the pedestrian was taken by helicopter to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Days after the accident, the pedestrian is alive, but still in critical condition.

Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the road, and they shouldn’t have to be afraid of vehicles striking them as they attempt to cross the street. However, sometimes tragedy strikes without warning.

The aftermath of a bus accident can have far reaching consequences, even if the victim is lucky enough to survive. It’s nearly impossible to escape a bus accident without spending some time in the hospital, which has the difficult combination of accruing medical bills while the victim is unable to earn wages.

Victims of a bus accident should know that they are not completely without options. Bus companies can be held accountable for negligence on the part of their drivers or mechanics responsible for bus maintenance, and strong legal counsel can bring compensation for your injuries.

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