Latest in string of Megabus crashes injures 19
For years now Indianapolis residents have used the motor coach carrier Megabus as an affordable way of traveling to and from Chicago, Louisville and other cities. In the last six months, however, Megabus vehicles have been involved in at least four crashes in Indiana, and three of those collisions occurred on I-65 since October.
The accidents have resulted in the hospitalization of dozens of passengers, 19 of whom were injured in the most recent Megabus accident on April 13. According to police, traffic on I-65 had slowed and come to a stop to allow construction vehicles to move across the road, and it appears that the Megabus driver failed to react and crashed into the back of a semi truck. The truck then hit an SUV, which then hit another vehicle.
In fact, the Indianapolis Star reports that common factors in three of the recent accidents were that they occurred in the early morning hours and that the buses collided with slowed or stopped vehicles.
Determining exactly what caused a multi-vehicle crash can be a complicated matter, and this most recent accident is still under investigation. Particularly in crashes involving large commercial vehicles, there may be safety issues such as poor vehicle maintenance, faulty equipment, driver fatigue, inadequate training, incorrect travel logs, and improper hiring practices.
In addition to investigating and reconstructing the crash itself, it is important for anyone injured in the accident to get prompt medical attention, even if the injury doesn’t seem severe at first. Often in collisions with large commercial vehicles, the injury worsens over time. A personal injury attorney can also calculate the full cost of the injury and help you seek the compensation you need now and in the future.