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Three people were killed and a number of others were sent to hospitals after a bus crashed in Indianapolis. On the bus were teens coming home from a church camp in northern Michigan, reported WTHR (7.28.13). The coming weeks will be a difficult and emotional time for the victims of the crash and-or their families, said lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, a New York law firm that has handled many bus accident cases.
According to WTHR, the bus crashed after exiting an interstate. It struck a retaining wall as it tried to round a curve and overturned.
The driver allegedly claimed that the brakes failed, said WTRH. Investigators were still determining the cause of the accident.
Attorneys at The Perecman Firm understand that most bus accidents occur due to driver negligence. Actions of the driver that may lead to accidents include speeding, misjudging unfavorable weather conditions, making abrupt lane changes, driver fatigue, inexperience, and veering off the road. “Bus companies are responsible for ensuring that all of their drivers are adequately trained and that tired drivers are not behind the wheel,” said Perecman.
“Faulty equipment, including defective brake or steering systems, is also a common cause of bus accidents,” he added. “Bus companies are responsible for keeping the buses in top condition.” According to 2013 Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 242 fatal bus accidents occurred in 2011. In the bus crashes, 283 people were killed and approximately 24,000 were injured.
“Victims of bus accidents may not only suffer serious or fatal injuries,” said Perecman. “They may also suffer emotional trauma as a result of the accident.” The WTHR story cited is “One critical, others in good condition after deadly bus crash.”
The personal injury accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following bus accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.