When vehicles are traveling at highway speeds, drivers may only have a matter of seconds to react to the behavior of other motorists. At the same time, the size of larger vehicles may prohibit drivers from being able to safely evade the erratic maneuvers of someone else on the road. This is why highway collisions involving large vehicles can have devastating consequences.
A recent accident on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania has law enforcement looking for answers. According to reports, a Greyhound bus carrying 50 people was unexpectedly involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The truck's driver indicated that he was driving the posted speed limit at the time of the accident and isn't sure what caused the passenger bus to strike him from behind.
While the truck accident investigation continues, dozens of people and their loved ones are dealing with the consequences of the incident. Nearly everyone on the bus was brought to the hospital for treatment. Of those 45 injured passengers, one bus passenger didn't survive. Four of the injured people were still in critical condition at the time of reports.
People who drive in a commercial setting, such as bus and truck drivers, are typically required to meet certain qualifications to drive legally. A spokesperson for Greyhound indicated that the bus driver had been with the company for over a decade, so the driver has several years of experience on the road.
Just as authorities are grappling with questions surrounding this accident, the same can probably be said for the victims and their families. The results of the investigation will likely provide some clarity into the legal options for those impacted by the incident.
Source: NBC News, "1 dead in Pennsylvania bus crash, 44 sent to area hospitals," Matthew DeLuca, Oct. 9, 2013