Taking the bus is something that many people see as a safe and cost-effective alternative to driving their car everywhere and for the most part, this is true. However, when a bus is involved in an accident, there are often many more people who get hurt, compared to other motor vehicle accidents that only involve passenger cars.
A recent accident highlights the extent of damage that can be done when a bus is involved in a crash. According to reports, eight people in Tennessee were injured when a car and bus collided. Luckily, none of the injuries reported were fatal but many of the injured victims required medical attention and a trip to the hospital.
The accident occurred when the driver of the car failed to stop at a stop sign. He reportedly drove right through it and into an intersection where the bus was crossing through. The bus hit the car and the bus driver lost control. The bus careened off the road and smashed through a fence before finally stopping on the side of the road. Passengers on the bus were afraid that the bus would flip over. In the aftermath of the crash, six of the bus passengers were transported to a Tennessee hospital. The driver of the car and his passenger were also admitted to the hospital for serious injuries.
Depending on the type and extent of the injuries suffered in this accident, the recovery process may be very difficult for victims. It is common for people who have been hurt in a collision to suffer many injuries, some of which may last a lifetime. Brain injuries, broken bones and back or neck pain can affect a person’s health and mobility long after a crash has happened. In many cases, it is possible for these victims to pursue compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.
Source: WDEF, “Bus crash sends eight people to the hospital,” Erik Avanier, June 3, 2013