A Detroit bus accident has resulted in injuries for 15 people. The bus accident occurred on February 16, 2009, when a Detroit Department of Transportation bus collided with a van at the intersection of Rosa Parks Blvd. and Longfellow Street. Police believe the accident happened because the driver of the van ran a stop sign and hit the bus, sending it into a utility pole. Apparently, several windows on the bus were broken and 15 passengers had to be transported to Ford and Sinai-Grace hospitals with minor injuries.
I am very sorry this accident occurred. Many times, bus accidents are worse than similar car accidents because buses lack safety features like seat belts which are standard in cars. I hope that everyone is able to experience a full and speedy recovery.
The passengers of the bus should submit claims for Michigan No Fault benefits. At the very least, No Fault benefits will cover their hospital bills, and they will also cover medical expenses for follow-up medical treatment. If anyone has to miss work because of their injuries from this accident, No Fault insurance will pay wage loss benefits. Other benefits may also be available if someone is seriously injured.
Although the article said everyone's injuries were minor, the people injured should still contact a lawyer to discuss their injuries and the possibility of filing a lawsuit. Michigan law only permits people with very severe injuries to sue the driver responsible for the accident, but whether the injuries are severe enough will depend on all the circumstances of the accident and the details of the injuries. A lawyer can help you determine if you can file a lawsuit.