Crash involving a bus results in life-threatening injuries

Car accidents can be minor or extremely dangerous, particularly when a larger passenger vehicle like a bus is involved in a crash. Recently, NBC Charlotte reports, vehicle crashed into a bus after pulling into its path. Three people were injured as a result of the crash, two with life-threatening injuries according to the report. The accident reportedly occurred as the bus was driving south on South Tyron Street. According to the report, the driver of the automobile that hit the bus may have been the cause of the accident.

Automobile accidents can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. The risks of injury may increase when there are a large number of passengers exposed to the crash. Therefore, when an accident involves a passenger bus, there are additional people placed at risk in the crash. Unfortunately, the multiple injuries in this recent event demonstrate the damages that can arise when a driver carelessly crashes into a passenger bus.

Car accidents are relatively common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. Accidents can range in severity. Some result in a bent fender, while others result in the loss of a life. All motorists have a duty of care to practice safe driving when operating a motor vehicle on public streets and highways.

Negligence in car accidents

In most car accidents, as in the one above, negligent driving is a factor. One drives negligently when they do not drive how a reasonable person would in similar conditions. Negligence while driving can be seen in many scenarios including ignoring traffic laws, failing to use a turn signal, driving under the influence, texting while driving, or disregarding traffic and weather conditions. To hold the driver accountable, the negligent action must be the proximate cause of the accident.

For example, when someone fails to obey a stop sign and crashes into another vehicle, his or her negligence is the proximate cause of the accident. If that driver ignores a stop sign several minutes before the accident, then the connection may not be as strong as it pertains to proximate cause and negligence.

Compensation for injuries

When liability can be established, compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost wages, vehicle repairs and medical expenses. Claims can also be brought when someone has passed away as a result of the accident, which is known as a wrongful death claim.

No one should have to suffer from the consequences of someone else's negligence. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can be an essential step when injured in a car accident. A motor vehicle accident lawyer can work with insurance companies and the other driver in an effort to obtain compensation for the injured motorist.