Pictured above: the Megabus in question after the crash
The safety record of the low-fare carrier Megabus is coming under increased scrutiny after its latest accident in Indiana. Early Monday morning, a double-decker Megabus was traveling from Chicago to Atlanta when it crashed on I-65 near Edinburg. The driver of the bus, Kimberly Lane, was driving south in the left lane at around 5:30am and failed to stop at a construction project. The bus she was driving struck the rear of a semitrailer truck that was stopped, which then set off a chain reaction crash.
In total, 19 people were hurt as a result of the accident. This if the fourth time in six months that a bus operated by Megabus has been involved in a crash with injuries on an Indiana highway. Although known for their economical prices and consistent routes, Megabus has been involved in 22 crashes since June of 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Additionally, their drivers tend to be removed from service at a higher rate, 8.7, than the national average, 5.5. Lane underwent a portable breath test and alcohol has been ruled out as a factor in this crash. Authorities say that the bus will go through a mechanical inspection later this week to make sure that mechanical problems were not a contributing factor.
Although uncommon, bus accidents like this one can result in serious injuries. With many more passengers, bus drivers have the added responsibility of ensuring that everyone gets to their destination safely. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a motor vehicle accident. A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by a trucking accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.
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