Indiana State Police have cited the driver of a Megabus that crashed with a semitrailer on Interstate 65 in central Indiana for driving too fast for conditions. The investigation has been completed into the accident that occurred near Edinburgh in Johnson County on April 13.
It was the fourth Megabus crash in Indiana since October of 2014.
The most recent accident happened in a construction zone and during a traffic back-up. The Megabus failed to stop before colliding with a semi-truck ahead of it. The impact set off a chain reaction in which the semi struck an SUV, which then hit a car. In all, nineteen of the bus’ sixty-three passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals. The injuries were all described as minor, according to a report by the Indianapolis Star.
State Police also said that the bus showed no signs of mechanical problems. The Star report also found the bus had the incorrect U.S. Department of Transportation number.
There are both state and federal safety regulations that bus companies must follow. While bus collisions in 2012 accounted for only .05% of all motor vehicle accidents in Indiana, there were three people killed and 25 more suffered incapacitating injuries. Riding the bus is statistically fairly safe but these four incidents since last October gives reason for additional concern.
Even if your injuries were considered minor at the time, there may still be long term consequences, both physically and emotionally.
If you have been involved in any type of accident caused by the negligence of another, call us at Theodoros & Rooth, before making any kind of settlement with a 3rd party or any insurance company. Your “minor injury” may turn into something more down the line.
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