As we have discussed before, accidents involving large vehicles, such as buses and trucks, can be extremely dangerous due to their large size, both in height and weight. When a collision occurs with these vehicles, the damage is more often than not greater than a collision with a regular-sized passenger vehicle. As a result, the potential for serious personal injuries is even greater.
However, there are times when collisions with large vehicles can actually be even worse. While such collisions are already dangerous, the propensity for serious and permanent injuries, or even death, heightens when such a collision turns into a rollover accident. According to www.safecar.gov, a website by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents are dangerous and have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. In fact, rollover crashes account for 33% of all motor vehicle accident passenger fatalities. More than 10,000 people are killed in rollover crashes each year. Such accidents are more likely to occur with tall and narrow vehicles.
According to recent reports by the Quincy Journal, a recent rollover bus accident sent 27 people to the hospital. Out of 30 students on the bus, 26 required immediate medical attention. As of now, 6 of them are still hospitalized. The injuries ranged from minor to so severe, that some victims had to be transported to the surgical floor, which exemplifies how serious accidents, particularly rollovers, involving large vehicles can be.
Police reports indicate that the bus driver overcorrected when the bus traveled off the right side of the roadway. This caused the bus to leave the left side of the road and overturn into a ditch. It finally came to a stop resting on its top. This crash occurred near the intersection of Highway C and Juniper, west of LaGrange.
While thankfully no deaths were reported in this accident, statistics show how likely this is. That is observable as 6 of the students are still being treated in the hospitals for serious injuries. Our attorneys empathize with these victims and their families. Not only do we hope for their best recovery, but it is accidents like these that makes our legal team continually fight for the rights of plaintiffs and set legal precedent to prevent future accidents. If you have been injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, you may have a legal claim in which you could obtain compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.