Several people suffered injuries in a recent chain-reaction crash in Huntsville involving a pickup truck, a dump truck, and a Huntsville city shuttle bus. Reports indicate that it was raining when the pickup driver tried to turn left without an arrow, right in front of a dump truck. The dump truck driver did not have time to stop to avoid a T-bone collision with a pickup truck, which got wrapped around a traffic light pole. The dump truck flipped over and slid into the path of a city shuttle bus, which then crashed and had a huge hole ripped in the side of the bus.
Six bus passengers and the bus driver sustained injuries, though none of them were life-threatening. The road was closed, and Hazmat teams were called in for cleanup of diesel fuel. Authorities believed the pickup driver was to blame for the crash because he failed to properly yield, though the driver is not facing any criminal charges.
Bus Accidents Can be Dangerous
While the pickup truck crumpled around a pole and the dump truck flipped on its side, the only people who suffered injuries in the above crash were on the city bus. This illustrates just how serious bus crashes can be.
First, most passengers on buses do not wear seat belts, and there might not even be seat belts available. Without safety restraints, passengers are more vulnerable to injuries in a crash. A collision can shake the bus, causing passengers to freely hit windows, fall to the floor, or knock into one another. This can lead to a wide range of traumatic injuries, including:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken hips, ribs, or pelvis
- Soft tissue injuries
Often, bus accident victims need emergency medical assistance and ongoing treatment for weeks or months. During their recovery, they may not be able to work, which means they might lose income. The losses from bus accidents can be extensive.
Bus Accidents are More Common than You Might Imagine
Most people who ride the bus do not think twice about it. Bus travel is considered to be a relatively safe form of transportation, and it is economical for many people, as well. However, bus accidents do happen – likely more often than you might think. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports the following statistics for a recent year:
- About 69,000 buses were involved in crashes across the United States
- 54,000 bus accidents resulted in property damage
- 15,000 bus accidents caused injuries to one or more individuals
- 225 bus accidents caused one or more fatalities
Contact Our Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers to Discuss a Possible Case
If you were injured in a bus crash or any other type of traffic accident, you should discuss your legal rights with an experienced Huntsville personal injury attorney. Our team at Cloud, Ryan & Rouse, LLC is ready to help, so please call 256-801-1000 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.