Recent Pennsylvania Bus Crashes Make Headlines


There have been a number of bus crashes recently across the state of Pennsylvania. On February 5, 2014, 41 people on a Military Academy bus were injured when the bus was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Route 33 in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.

The bus was carrying the Army Black Knights’ women’s basketball team into town for their game against Lehigh University later that evening. According to the police report, at about 1:15 p.m. the bus appeared to have been struck from behind by the tractor-trailer.

The entire women’s basketball team, as well as the coaches, trainers, and other staff, were taken to local area hospitals as a precaution. All of the injuries resulting from the crash were minor, and everyone was released by the late afternoon.

On February 9, a tour bus crashed in Pennsylvania, injuring the bus driver and 26 passengers on board. The crash occurred at 2:20 p.m. about nine miles north of the Maryland border.

The bus was owned by Freedom Excursions in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The bus had departed from Altoona and was on its way to the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland.

According to the state police, the driver appeared to have been traveling too fast given the snowy conditions. According to the police report, the bus left State Highway about 20 miles south of Bedford, Pennsylvania and struck an embankment on the side of the road. The report states that the bus was traveling “at a speed that was greater than is reasonable and prudent for the condition.” Authorities did not specify how fast the bus was traveling.

Thirty ambulances from both Pennsylvania and Maryland responded to the accident. Fortunately, most of the injuries were minor. The director of Bedford County Emergency Management noted that it was snowing most of the day and there were a number of accidents across the country.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

There are several parties that may be liable in a bus accident. For example, the bus driver may be negligent if he was driving at excessive speeds at the time of the accident. Additionally, the bus operator may be liable. Companies that operate buses have a duty to hire experienced and skilled drivers, as well as keep their fleet of buses in good working order. If they fail in these duties, and this failure results in an accident, victims can name the bus company in their lawsuit as well. Finally, maintenance and repair companies, to whom bus operators may outsource the maintenance and repairs of their fleets, may perform inadequate repairs, which could result in an accident. In these cases, accident victims can file a claim against the maintenance and repair company.

Although bus travel is an affordable and convenient method of travel, accidents can and do occur. It is important to speak with an experienced bus accident attorney to learn what options may be available to you. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a bus accident, please contact Solnick & Associates today.

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