A bus driver in Albuquerque has found himself in hot water after security footage revealed he was eating and driving while on his route in October.
The driver, who works for ABQ Ride, was seen in security footage eating a bag of chips while driving through town. The security footage shows the driver holding the chips with one hand while driving with the other. The footage revealed the driver had the food in his hands for a half hour.
ABQ Ride has a strict rule against eating while driving, and for good reason. Back in 2014, the company experienced a lawsuit after one driver got into an accident while eating a burrito on the job.
The investigation was prompted after a passerby took a picture of the driver and contacted ABQ Ride. The driver is still employed by the company, but their spokesperson indicated that he was re-trained after receiving a letter of reprimand. He will allegedly face a disciplinary hearing at a later date.
As for avoiding accidents and incidents due to negligence, the company reiterated in October that they stand by their strict no eating while driving policy, and that it would reinforce the policy in upcoming training exercises.
If You’ve Been in a Bus Accident
For many, public buses are essential methods of transportation. However, those who use this method of public transport face a number of risks everyday, including the risk of injury due to accident. When a bus accident occurs, it is critical that those involved receive proper medical attention, in order to assess any injuries or further injury risks.
In New Mexico, when a public transport bus is operating within city limits, it poses a unique set of circumstances. Current laws require a prior notice of tort claim to be filed within a 90-day period after the accident if one hopes to submit a personal injury claim.
Those who have suffered personal injury as a result of a bus accident may be eligible to submit a claim to cover compensatory damages, in addition to potentially being eligible to file a claim for punitive damages. The latter is relevant if reckless behavior caused the accident in question. Reckless behavior refers to actions like texting or driving while under the influence.
Assessing damages for bus accident personal injury varies on a case-by-case basis. It all depends on the situation surrounding the accident, as well as the degree of negligence demonstrated by each party.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, it is important that you enlist the help of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, in order to help guarantee the recovery of any and all damages.
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, we have a personal injury team that has a successful history in handling bus accident cases. Our attorneys have the skills and vast legal knowledge necessary to help you chart the best course of action in the recovery process. We are committed to helping you build the strongest case possible, and are prepared to advocate on your behalf for a full and fair outcome.
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