Archive for Bus Accidents
April 21, 2011
Recent crashes in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia bring to mind the tragic Septa Philadelphia bus crash that occured back in 2008. Recent tragic accidents involving charter busses have sadly injured and killed many Philadelphia, Pennsylvania residents as well as citizens from surrounding cities.
On September 13th of 2008 an overnight accident involving a Septa bus injured 20 people in West Philadelphia. The driver of a car traveling on 51st Street was said to have struck the Route 21 bus. The collision forced the bus to veer of the road and into a tree around the 5100 block of Chestnut Street.
After the crash, it was found that 20 people including the bus driver suffered mild to moderate injuries. Fortunately, in this case, none of the injuries were life threatening. The driver of the vehicle that struck the bus, who also suffered minor injuries, was charged with DUI after being treated at a Philadelphia area hospital.
In the case of a commercial auto accident, finding out who is responsible for compensation the victims so that their medical and financial needs are taken care of after the accident can be tricky. Similar complications could be seen in the recent Ride the Ducks accident in Philadelphia in which families of the victims filed suits against multiple parties involved.
Those who find themselves confused about who might be responsible for their injury can contact a Philadelphia injury lawyer. A Edith A. Pearce will help you to decipher who just may be responsible.
Posted in: Bus Accidents
March 17, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board has joined state investigations into two deadly bus accidents (see our previous post) and have many questioning the safety of the low-fare bus lines that frequently travel between New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood and Philadelphia, as well as other major East Coast cities. Popular discount buses arrive and depart from Chinatown more than 2,000 times a week. Seventeen people were killed in the weekend bus crashes and dozens of passengers suffered serious personal injuries. See more here.
Investigators are inspecting both buses for possible mechanical and electrical defects and investigating the safety records of both bus companies and the bus drivers. Early investigations into the New York crash found that the bus driver had a criminal record and had been cited for a number of traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license, which should have disqualified him from obtaining a commercial license. The driver of the Philadelphia-bound bus had also been cited for motor vehicle violations, although they were characterized as minor.
When representing bus accident victims, Edith Pearce, Esquire investigates the bus driver’s safety record, proper licensing and health, including the possible impact prescription drug use, fatigue or substance abuse may have had on the accident. The condition of the bus, including possible mechanical or electrical problems, is investigated. The bus company’s maintenance and safety records are also carefully reviewed for neglect or omission. Every aspect of the accident is carefully investigated and litigated to ensure that bus accident victims are fully compensated for their injuries.
Bus accident claims involve multiple defendants, including the bus company, driver, municipality and sometimes out-of-state authorities. Federal, state and local laws and safety standards add to the complexity of litigating personal injury bus accident claims. Competing insurance companies and their attorneys, each dedicated to protecting the insurance company and minimizing compensation paid to accident victims, make it essential that bus accident victims seek out a Philadelphia personal injury attorney with experience in litigating bus accident claims.
Posted in: Bus Accidents
March 15, 2011
In the wake of a horrendous weekend bus crash that killed 15 in New York, a tour bus en route to Philadelphia crashed just after 9 p.m. last night taking the lives of two men, a passenger from Royersford, Pennsylvania and the bus driver. The Pennsylvania tour bus was carrying 43 people including 3 children when it crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike near East Brunswick, ejecting the driver through the front window and instantly killing him. The other man was partially ejected through a side window and died of his wounds in the emergency room. Five additional passengers suffered serious personal injuries and were hospitalized. Numerous other bus passengers were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries.
Operated by Super Luxury Tours Inc. of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the bus was traveling from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia when it hit a guard rail and concrete abutment which sent it careening across two lanes of traffic before it crashed. Police impounded the bus and are inspecting it for possible mechanical and electrical defects. This is the second injury accident for Super Luxury Tours in the past 2 years. The bus company has been previously cited for unsafe driving, fatigued driving and driver fitness,
Last night’s fatal bus accident comes on the heels of the horrendous weekend tour bus crash on I-95 in New York that killed 15 people and injured another 20, hospitalizing 8 with critical injuries. In that accident, the bus scraped a guardrail before falling on its side and colliding with a utility pole that peeled back the roof of the bus, leaving bodies strewn across the highway.
Initial investigations into the New York bus crash have revealed that the driver of the World Wide Tour’s bus was a convicted felon with several outstanding traffic violations including a suspended license which should have made him ineligible for a commercial driver’s license. Click here.
Next time: Victim’s rights
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