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.”
Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way can cause devastating injury accidents. This is especially true when a negligent driver is behind the wheel of a large bus. Unfortunately, whenever a mass carrier is involved in an injury accident, the resulting claim process can become complicated. Bus companies and their insurance providers have teams of defense lawyers to fight large claims. To protect their bottom line they will look for reasons to deny valid claims and to offer inadequate settlements that do not cover the damages suffered by the victims.
If you have been harmed in a Georgia bus accident, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal rights and options with experienced legal representation. A skilled Georgia bus accident attorney will fight for your best interests and make sure that fair compensation is offered for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.