Maryland Bus Accident Lawyers: Charter Bus Crash Injures Dozens of StudentsDecember 2, 2015
Police say reckless driving caused a charter bus to overturn Sunday night, injuring dozens of college students on their way back to school after the Thanksgiving weekend. The bus, operated by Abbott Trailways of Roanoke, Virginia, had 50 passengers plus the driver on board when it crashed. A total of 33 people were transported to area hospitals, including one with life-threatening injuries.
An initial investigation confirmed that the driver of the bus was speeding when he took the ramp off the Powhite Parkway towards the Chippenham Parkway south. As the bus came through the curve of the ramp, the driver lost control, causing the bus to overturn onto its side. Police on the scene issued a reckless driving citation to the bus driver, a 58-year old man from Salem, Virginia. According to his employer, Abbott Trailways, the man has been with the company since 2011 and had no prior violations.
Abbott Trailways operates charter and luxury buses for schools, universities and sports teams throughout the United States and Canada. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued the company a satisfactory rating, the highest rating a company can get, despite having a driver out-of-service rate at double the national average. Abbott buses have been involved in six crashes within the past two years, not including this most recent wreck. One of these accidents happened just this past May when a bus carrying a minor league baseball team from North Carolina ran off the road and flipped into a ditch, injuring eight. That bus driver was also ticketed for reckless driving.
Each year, more than 240 million Americans rely on charter buses as an inexpensive and convenient mode of travel. Fortunately, the majority of travelers reach their destinations without incident. However, when a bus company or driver fails to comply with federal safety regulations, the results can be tragic. Studies show that while bus accidents account for only a small percentage of total motor vehicle accidents in the United States, they have a higher likelihood of causing serious injury and death.
Maryland Bus Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Victims of Bus Driver Negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured in a charter bus accident, contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton today. Our experienced and highly qualified team of Baltimore bus accident lawyers is committed to obtaining maximum compensation for injured clients and their families. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. Someone is available to take your call and answer your questions 24 hours a day.
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