Bus accidents happen in Pennsylvania! Maybe not every day, but they do happen. The Lassen Law Firm, bus accident lawyers, handles all cases at the reduced contingency fee of only 29%, not the typical 40-45% like other firms.
And when they do, they impact many more lives than when any other vehicular accident takes place. Although the statistics show that there are fewer accidents and fatalities involving buses than say 20 years ago, when it happens to you or someone you know … well, that is one too many.
Why do these accidents happen? Bus drivers fall asleep or become distracted. Drivers of other vehicles may have caused the accident. And, occasionally freak accidents do occur.
Take for instance a recent bus crash that occurred on October involving a church bus, a tractor-trailer and a sport-utility vehicle. Police have indicated that a faulty tire that lost pressure caused the crash that catapulted the bus out of control and into oncoming traffic lanes.
A passenger seated in the rear seat of the sport-utility vehicle died when the bus lost control and collided with it. The driver of the sport-utility vehicle and another passenger survived. The driver of the tractor-trailer died when the bus careened over the median and through a cable restraint into oncoming traffic and smashed into the side of his tractor-trailer causing it to burst into flames. Six of the 18 people on the bus died in the fiery crash. They ranged in age from 62 to 95. All 14 of the remaining people involved in the accident were seriously injured. This crash impacts everyone involved, including many of family members and friends, for many years to come, if not for the rest of their lives.
A faulty tire caused this accident. Is someone to blame? Maybe!
The typical reason for a commercial bus accident is operator error – not the case here. But as investigators sort through all the details of this horrible crash … details are coming out into the open. The bus did not have a US Department of Transportation (USDOT) sticker and may not have been registered with the US Department of Transportation. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations state that the bus is required to have a USDOT number if it crosses state lines. We know the bus crossed state lines. To receive the USDOT number, the bus would have undergone demanding safety inspections. If the bus had undergone this inspection process, the faulty tire may have been discovered and fixed or replaced, therefore, preventing this horrific accident. We will never know. But this accident may have been prevented ...
Just maybe none of these people had to die a horrific death. Maybe none of their families would be grieving for those lost if the bus had been inspected. Many of the injured who were in their 60's and 70's would not be facing a long and painful recovery, both physically and mentally.
Lives were lost. Other lives are now changed forever. Many of those suffering attend the church who owned the bus. As difficult as it will be for them, laws deal with this type of injury and death through wrongful death claims, and help is available to assist them through the grief and recovery process. Businesses and organizations carry insurance for difficult and trying times such as this – to protect those involved and to pay for recovery in circumstances just like this. The church understands this and so should the victims of this unfortunate tragedy.