Residents of Tennessee may have heard about a bus wreck near the Atlanta airport that has so far not resulted in criminal charges against either driver. Two of the passengers of the bus were treated by emergency staff at Grady Memorial Hospital for serious injuries. Sixteen other occupants of the bus were taken to that hospital and Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Despite the extent of damage to the bus and all passengers being thrown by the impact, no injuries were reported to be life threatening.
The tractor trailer accident occurred at 10 a.m. on the divided road that loops around the airport. The truck driver was in the middle of a U-turn, and the bus collided into the trailer portion of the vehicle. An initial investigation found the bus left skid marks extending to 158 feet prior to the collision. A College Park police sergeant stated that passengers were likely not wearing restraints. He further noted that the investigation was weeks from being completed and had so far not revealed any traffic infractions.
Serious injuries included one passenger with fractured shoulders and another with a collapsed lung. Other passengers also suffered shoulder and lung injuries. Reportedly, only the driver who suffered bruising required extrication from the wrecked bus.
Those injured in a bus wreck such as this one often face more than medical expenses. They may also need compensation for missed reservations, damaged luggage and other costs associated with delayed or forfeited travel plans. An experienced truck accidents attorney may be able to help compile evidence that proves speeding, an inattentive truck driver or some other form of driver negligence is responsible for the accident. Such evidence of negligence may return compensation in civil court regardless of the police investigation.
Source: ABC News, “16 Hurt in Shuttle Bus Crash Near Atlanta Airport”, Ray Henry, May 24, 2013