Thousands of people rely on bus travel to take them long distances safely. Most of the time, passengers arrive without incident; however, some travelers occasionally are not so lucky. As a number of fairly recent bus accidents show, driver negligence can easily happen, even when companies have strict hiring guidelines and provide extensive training for them.
A recent bus accident claimed the lives of six passengers back in July. The accident occurred whenever the bus collided with an SUV on a highway very early in the morning. According to police, the driver was in danger of colliding with a second vehicle, so he decided to careen into a concrete divider in the median instead. This tragedy also led to 34 passengers on the bus being injured. Among the dead were the driver, a passenger in the SUV, and four passengers on board the bus.
In September, an accident also resulted in more than 30 passenger injuries, although no deaths were reported in this instance. The bus in question was carrying 52 passengers. These passengers were traveling on the interstate when the driver apparently hit a tree, thereby causing the bus to roll over at least two times. Six passengers were air lifted to a local hospital, and four of them were listed in critical condition.
One of the passengers who was on board this bus told reporters that he witnessed the driver slumped over in his seat just before the crash occurred. He also exclaims that he heard a woman passenger yelling at the driver to "wake up". The man claims the driver appeared to have some sort of medical condition that led to him being slumped over and unresponsive.
Crashes involving busses can be especially dangerous when they involve other large vehicles such as semi tractor-trailers. Earlier this month, a bus in central Pennsylvania collided with a big rig at approximately 1:45 in the morning. The bus was reportedly traveling westbound on Interstate 80 when it ran into the back of the tractor-trailer. This resulted in one passenger being trapped, and 40 of the 50 people on board being transported to five different nearby hospitals. The bus company in this instance has not yet made a statement concerning the accident, instead claiming that an investigation into the matter is currently ongoing.
Another significant crash occurred in Pennsylvania in 2011. While traveling along the turnpike, the driver of the bus lost control of his vehicle, causing it to careen across the interstate and up a nearby embankment, which then caused it to land on its side. This incident resulted in one woman becoming trapped inside the bus, and 14 individuals being transported to local hospitals. In that particular instance, only 29 passengers were on board the bus, which means that nearly half of them sustained injuries.
As you can see, bus accidents can happen at any place or time. Nevertheless, these accidents can cause extended trauma, not to mention the ensuing medical bills that could result from them. At a time like this, you need a top bus accident attorney to help you recover your damages. The bus accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm are standing by ready to assist you, and look forward to speaking with you about your case soon.