Pennsylvania truck drivers and bus operators often travel in the middle of the night. Highways are less crowded than during the day, which invites some commercial vehicle drivers to exceed speed limits.
Bus passengers assume the bus, driver and transportation company meet safety qualifications. Laws at every level of government outline standards that must be met to transport the public. Safety violators who cause injury accidents and fatalities are civilly and sometimes criminally liable.
commercial vehicle collision
killed one person and injured dozens of Greyhound bus passengers. State troopers said a passenger bus slammed into the rear of a truck trailer on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania.
One passenger died. The veteran bus driver and 44 passengers - all but five people on board - were hospitalized. At least four victims suffered critical injuries.
The truck driver did not offer the media any information about the accident, other than his trucking company was working with authorities to determine the cause. State troopers also did not speculate on the reason for the collision.
State and sometimes federal officials may be involved in a commercial vehicle accident investigation. Drivers, their employers and additional third parties may be held accountable for property and human damage. Vehicle operation, trucking logs, vehicle service and maintenance records, and employee licensing, safety training and hiring practices are all inspected carefully.
Bus and commercial truck traffic is common along Pennsylvania roads, which provide easy access to major cities. The visitors who pass through the state have as many rights to safe passage as long-time residents.
Bus passengers and families of accident victims may file and pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims for compensation. Damages cover a variety of economic and non-economic losses. In some cases, punitive damages are added to ensure that defendants don't repeat mistakes that lead to accidents.
Greyhound bus crash on I-80 in Pennsylvania kills 1, injures dozens
" Ron Todt, Oct. 09, 2013