Earlier this week in West Texas, several inmates and correctional officers were killed when the bus that was transporting the inmates slid off an icy road and crashed into a passing train. According to a report by the local Fox affiliate, the fatal accident occurred on Interstate 20 about 16 miles southwest of Odessa at around 7:30 in the morning.
Evidently, the bus was carrying a total of 15 people: 12 inmates and three correctional officers. Ten people died in the accident, eight of whom were inmates and two of whom were correctional officers. Those who were injured in the accident remain in critical condition.
According to the report, the road conditions were very icy that morning, which caused the bus to slide off an overpass, down an embankment, and then into the passing train. The two employees on the train were not injured in the accident.
Bus and Truck Accidents in Bad Weather
The winter months, not surprisingly, are responsible for a larger percentage of accidents than any other season. This time of year brings added risks to the road in the form of snow, ice, rain, wind, and fog. As these inclement road conditions roll in, all drivers—but especially those operating large commercial or transport vehicles—should take extra precautions to ensure safe travel.
Due to their weight, size, and odd weight distribution, buses and trucks are especially at risk of slipping and sliding when the roads start to turn icy. Even when the conditions are not so bad as to warrant much of a concern for cars, trucks and buses must take care.
When a truck or bus driver fails to use the proper level of care when driving in inclement conditions, accidents are more likely to result. When they do, those injured or killed are entitled to monetary compensation based on the driver’s negligence. In some cases, the driver’s employer may also be held liable for the driver’s negligent conduct.
Establishing negligence in a truck accident case can be tricky, however. Often, doing so will require the plaintiff to rely on expert witness testimony. This may come from anyone recognized as an expert in the field, such as a scientist, former police officer, or doctor.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Bus Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of serious Maryland truck or bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries based on the at-fault driver’s negligence. However, expect resistance from insurance companies that attempt to reduce their potential exposure in any way possible. In fact, it is advised to seek out a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney to discuss your case rather than proceeding on your own. The insurance companies are well-versed in the law, and you should have someone on your side who is too. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Driver’s Negligent Driving Causes Serious Accident in Hagerstown, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 2, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.