Travelers have trusted and relied on Megabus double-deckers for safe, affordable, and convenient transportation throughout 28 major cities in the Midwest and Northeast since its launch in 2006. However, the loss of 4 lives due to a Megabus accident in Salina, a town just outside of Syracuse, New York that occurred on Friday, September 10, 2010, has created concern regarding the safety of these commercial buses.
Various news sources have reported that a 13-foot-tall Megabus crashed into the underside of a CSX railroad bridge that was only 10 feet, 9 inches tall after the bus driver drove along the wrong road off an exit ramp. The double-decker Megabus was transporting 28 passengers when it smashed into the bridge a little after 2:30 a.m., waking several sleeping passengers who found themselves in a turned over bus with the top deck shredded. Tragically, four passengers lost their lives in the crash, five others were severely injured and the bus driver sustained a serious head injury. All 19 other passengers were taken to a local hospital for medical attention. Two of the double-decker bus crash wrongful death victims resided in Philadelphia. One of the individuals was 18-years old and the other was a college sophomore.
News reports also stated that there are several warning signs regarding the height of the bridge, some of which have flashing lights to catch the attention of motorists. The bus driver claims that he was lost and did not see the signs for the bridge because he was looking at his GPS. A spokesman for Megabus stated that the driver was off of his assigned route even though he had driven it several times before. The bus had departed from the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and the bus driver was scheduled to stop at the transportation center in Syracuse. While an investigation is still ongoing, it would seem as though some form of bus driver error may have contributed to the fatal bus crash. Investigators are also uncertain as to why the bus driver did not stop in order to get the proper directions since he was lost.
Bus companies are responsible for conducting thorough and proper background checks of all commercial bus drivers; providing sufficient training; ensuring vehicle safety by checking buses for flaws and providing appropriate maintenance; monitoring bus driver hours-of-service; and upholding several other duties. Bus companies who overlook any of these responsibilities do a huge disservice to bus drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other motor vehicle occupants.
Philadelphia Megabus Crash Attorneys
Individuals who have suffered injury and family members of those killed in Megabus accidents may be able to hold negligent parties legally responsible. Commercial bus accident litigation is complex, especially when a major transportation business is involved. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Megabus crash, the Philadelphia auto accident lawyers at Anapol Schwartz can protect your rights and build a strong case on your behalf. To find out more about how our skilled attorneys can help you obtain compensation for your losses, please contact us today for a free consultation.
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