Man Killed, 1 Injured in Metro Bus Accident on Northup in Bellevue, WA
Bellevue, WA -- August 15, 2022, a man was killed and one was injured due to an accident involving a Metro bus on Northup Way.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Northup Way and 156th Avenue Northeast.
According to initial reports, a car was westbound on Northup. At 156th Avenue, a collision somehow occurred as a King County Metro bus turned left from eastbound Northup to northbound 156th Avenue.
Due to the collision, an 81-year-old man riding in the car sustained fatal injuries. the driver of that car was said to have non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Factors surrounding the crash are still under investigation at this time.
Commentary on Metro Bus Accident on Northup Way in Bellevue
Seeing that this intersection is controlled by a traffic signal, it seems obvious that someone must have failed to yield. With that said, if the car blew through a red light, that's usually something witnesses would be all over, especially during morning rush hour. That makes me think this bus may have gone through a solid green or yellow trying to make their turn. Even if that were true, though, that wouldn't necessarily make things simple for the victim's loved ones.
Not only are there often unique hoops to jump through when confronting a government entity, the federal liability requirements for buses--typically no less than $5 million in coverage--means companies have a lot on the line. As such, they fight hard to minimize those losses. Victims and families need to ensure they have professionals on their side equally dedicated to telling their side of the story. Are those steps being taken here?