On April 4, 2014, a Greyhound Bus bound for Atlanta was involved in a fatal crash near the Florida-Georgia border. The crash occurred on a Friday night at about 11:44 p.m. in Hamilton County, Florida, on northbound I-75. Right before the crash, authorities received a call that a 1993 Buick Century was driving the wrong way on the interstate.
The wrong way driver, now identified as 91 year old Ernest Lee Holmes of High Springs, FL, first pummeled into a 2013 Ford Expedition driven by Peter J. Linek. Linek, a 55 year old from Ormond Beach, FL, and Holmes both perished in the accident. Neither driver was carrying passengers. The Greyhound bus, traveling in the center lane, and two other vehicles behind the bus swerved to avoid the head on collision. With all of the action and vehicles switching lanes, multiple accidents occurred.
Our Miami truck accident lawyers found that a total of five vehicles were involved in the crash spurred by the wrong way driver. Thirteen passengers aboard the 41 passenger Greyhound bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. The bus driver was not injured. Five young children, between the ages of three and 11, were in one of the vehicles involved in the secondary collision. Fortunately, none were injured. It is not clear at this time whether alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident.
This Greyhound bus crash comes just a few months after a crash involving another such bus occurred in Arizona. On January 23, 2014, a passenger on a Greyhound bus traveling through Arizona to Texas went berserk and attacked the driver. The bus swerved violently off the highway before other passengers could subdue the irate attacker.
The roughly 40 passengers inside the bus were thrown from their seats, as the California man attempting to take control of the bus screamed out, “[e]verbody’s going to die!” The man punched the driver and grabbed the steering wheel. The bus finally came to an abrupt stop in the median, where there were numerous rocks and bushes.
Twenty four of the bus passengers were taken to the hospital, three of which were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. None sustained life threatening injuries. The injuries did include, however, a broken sternum suffered by one passenger who had tried to help restrain the attacker.
Bus accidents occur at less frequent rates than car or truck accidents, but do still happen with regularity. Less than 50 individuals typically die in motor coach accidents nationwide each year. Approximately 350 are injured. These numbers are down since 2005, when 70 people across the U.S. died in bus accidents. The majority of all bus crashes, some 78%, result from ejections occurring during roll-over bus crashes, which is why bus safety advocates are pushing for regulations requiring seat belts on all motor coaches, including school buses. Just a few years ago, a bus carrying people to a Church retreat crashed into low overpass at Miami International Airport when the driver got lost and wound up in the airport. The driver ignored warning signs about the distance from the pavement to the overpass. Passengers were killed and severally injured in the crash.
IMPORTANT TIP:In each and every case our office handles we make it a practice to go over each and every complaint our client has from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients fail to tell their physician all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries received in their case. We are not doctors but we explain to the client to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a relation. For example, a person complaining of lower back pain may not tell their doctor that they are having tingling or numbness in their leg. By telling the doctor this, they can examine the patient and determine the cause of the complaint.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Bus Accident Lawyers of Distinction
If you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident, contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of bus accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence of legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.