Nearly 20 people were injured when a Megabus going from Chicago to Atlanta crashed in the early morning hours. The bus, one semi-truck and two cars were involved in the crash on I-65 south of Indianapolis. Megabus lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on this crash and urge all victims to contact an injury attorney.
The Megabus crashed around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65, near Endingurgh, Indiana. Fortunately, all injuries suffered in the crash were non-life-threatening, although 19 passengers were transported to the hospital. One of those injured was a young child.
Police believe construction on I-65 may have played a role in the crash, and Megabus claims it is cooperating fully with the investigation. This is actually the fourth crash involving Megabus in the last six months, and the third in the Indiana.
Previous Megabus crashes in I-65 in Indiana have been eerily similar to this: In December 2014, a Megabus traveling on I-65 from Chicago to Atlanta crashed around 5:30 a.m. About two dozen people were injured in that crash, with injuries ranging from a broken collarbone to abrasions. The Megabus veered off the interstate in December 2014, overturning and landing on the driver’s side.
Several passengers in the December accident have filed lawsuits against Megabus. Each claim alleges Megabus, its parent company and the driver were negligent.
Yet another crash on I-65 occurred in October 2014, on the route from Atlanta to Chicago also in the early morning hours. In that incident the windshield wipers malfunctioned during a severe storm, causing the Megabus to crash and flip over. 18 passengers were hospitalized in the crash for relatively serious injuries including knocked-out teeth, facial stitches and a separated shoulder.
Four of the most severely injured passengers filed suit against Megabus, claiming the company failed to supervise its driver and properly maintain bus equipment. According to the claim, passengers heard the driver complain that the windshield wipers were not working and that it was difficult to see the road. More on that crash can be found here.
In related news, a 10-year-old boy was recently injured in a hit-and-run crash in the Little Village of Chicago. The boy was crossing the street on the 400 block of St. Louis around 6:00 p.m. when a dark sedan struck him and failed to stop. Fortunately, the boy is in good condition at a nearby hospital.
As the days get warmer and longer, more and more pedestrians will be out and about and, unfortunately, vulnerable to auto accidents. A recent study found one significant, but very easy way to reduce the chance of getting hit while crossing the street: make eye contact.
The study tested more than 2,500 drivers at four pedestrian crosswalks. Four test participants crossed the street at these intersections, either fixing their gaze on the driver’s face or looking elsewhere. When eye contact was made with drivers, about 68% stopped for the pedestrian, compared to only about 55% of drivers who did not make eye contact.
In the U.S. more than 5,000 pedestrians die in traffic collisions and 76,000 are injured in the each year. The researchers said that eye contact may be interpreted as an implicit order to stop, or it may trigger drivers to make a positive impression on the pedestrian.
Ultimately, although all crashes cannot be prevented by such simply means, pedestrians can increase their own safety by using nonverbal signals when appropriate. This means eye contact, always looking carefully before crossing the street, and only using marked crosswalks.
Our team ofauto accident attorneys is currently investigating cases of serious injury and death from traffic crashes. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in an accident contact our firm immediately. We provide free legal consultation to potential clients nationwide.