When a person travels by way of a chartered bus, he or she expects the driver to obey traffic laws. Numerous unexpected issues may arise that place passenger safety at risk. For instance, if inclement weather causes dangerous road conditions, a bus driver must act with caution. A fatal collision occurred a month or so ago in Pennsylvania that has led to a lawsuit filed by two bus passengers who were involved.
It was approximately 3:30 a.m. when the bus driver lost control of steering. The bus veered into a median, then careened back across numerous traffic lanes. It hit an embankment and rolled. When the vehicle landed in the roadway, it was struck by another commercial vehicle, which was then also hit in a chain-reaction collision.
The two passengers who have filed the lawsuit are brothers. One of them was ejected through the windshield of the bus upon impact in the crash. He suffered a broken neck and other severe injuries. His brother suffered multiple injuries as well. In the claim they have filed, the brothers assert that they and other passengers witnessed the bus driver acting recklessly at the wheel, moments before the crash occurred.
It was snowing that day, and the brothers’ legal claim alleges that the driver was traveling at excessive speeds, especially regarding the road conditions at the time. Sadly, five people, including the bus driver, died in the accident. There were more than 50 people injured in the fatal collision. When a Pennsylvania accident victim seeks restitution in a civil court, he or she is tasked with convincing a judge or jury that the named defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of his or her personal injuries, which is why most plaintiffs seek experienced legal support before heading to court.