Bus Accident | Georgia Personal Injury Blog
Public and private buses provide a much-needed service on our crowded roads throughout Atlanta, but they should be entrusted to experienced and fully certified drivers. When a driver acts recklessly and causes a collision, it can leave passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians with lifelong disabilities and deep emotional scars. The consequences of a bus accident cannot be understated, and victims deserve proper compensation for their injuries. Recovering compensation will ultimately come down to whether the bus was operated by a private or public company.
If you are visiting an unfamiliar location over the holidays, taking an organized bus tour is a good way to see local spots of interest and learn about them.
There are many bus tours available to locations throughout Georgia, including Atlanta, Savannah, and Stone Mountain. But, like any vehicle on the roadways, tour buses can be involved in serious accidents.
Twenty-three students and three adults were taken to a local hospital after a hit-and-run car clipped one of two school buses transporting elementary school students on a field trip. According to a WSBTV news report, the two buses were traveling from Callaway Elementary School to Atlanta when they were struck on 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta. Officials say the 23 students and three adults were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining students continued on their field trip. Investigators are still looking for the vehicle that clipped one of the buses and left the scene of the crash.
Several people were injured in an Atlanta car accident involving a Hilton airport shuttle. According to an Associated Press news report, the shuttle accident occurred near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Officials say the shuttle collided with two other vehicles. One of the passengers was ejected and several injured passengers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and South Fulton Medical Center.
Many Atlanta residents and visitors rely on airport shuttle services to get to and from Hartsfield-Jackson. Shuttle services provide convenient and economical alternatives to taxis and long-term parking. But when mistakes are made, a ride to the airport can result in serious injuries.
An Atlanta Public Schools bus driver has been cited in connection with an accident that resulted in injuries to the driver of a Nissan. According to a WSB-TV news report, the school bus accident occurred on I-20 at the Glenwood exit in Atlanta. Officials say the bus driver was transporting her three children in an Atlanta Public Schools bus at a high rate of speed when she failed to maintain her lane and struck a Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was transported to a hospital, but is said to be in good condition. The school bus driver’s children were checked at the scene. The school bus driver has been cited for failing to maintain her lane.
All drivers, whether they are in a small passenger vehicle or large school bus, must maintain their lane of traffic. According to Georgia Code 40-6-48 (1): “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”
Fourteen students, a bus driver, and another motorist were injured after a Dodge pickup truck crossed into opposing lanes and struck a school bus head-on. According to a My Fox Atlanta report, the school bus accident occurred on Highway 120 near Buchanan in Haralson County. Officials are investigating what caused the 17-year-old female driver of the pickup to enter oncoming traffic. None of the students sustained life-threatening injuries, but most complained of pain in their neck, knee, and shoulder. The driver of the pickup was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital after being freed from her vehicle. It is unclear if she will be cited for the crash.
School buses are considered the safest mode of motorized transportation for school-aged kids. They are large vehicles that are capable of absorbing significant impacts. However, injuries can and do occur. It is common for children involved in a serious school bus accident to sustain neck injuries, sprains, strains, and contusions. It is even possible for children to sustain lacerations from flying objects and traumatic brain injuries from striking their head against the window or other hard surface.
The careless behavior of a bus driver may be to blame for a Georgia crash that resulted in multiple injuries, officials said. According to a CBS Atlanta news report, the bus accident occurred at Buffington Road and Roosevelt Highway in College Park. Officials say the bus was making an improper left turn when it struck a car. One person was hospitalized in serious condition. Four other victims of passenger injuries were transported to a nearby facility with trauma that was not considered life threatening. It is unclear if the bus driver will be cited for the crash.
Many Georgia traffic accidents result from a failure to properly yield the right-of-way while turning left. Under Georgia Code 40-6-71, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
On January 22, 2013 dozens of students and a bus driver were hospitalized after a school bus rear-ended another stopped school bus in Newton County. According to a CBS Atlanta news report, 30 students suffered minor injuries and one student and one bus driver suffered slightly more severe injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol and State Department of Public Safety conducted an investigation following the crash to determine why it occurred and how it could have been prevented. According to the Newton County Public School system, as reported by The Covington News, there were no mechanical defects on the buses involved in the crash. An inspection of the brakes and of the crash site showed that the braking system did not fail. The driver of the school bus that collided with the stopped bus is on medical leave and could face disciplinary action.
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