Megabus Fire on Georgia Highway

Our Atlanta trucking accident lawyers know that there is no doubt that, especially with huge vehicles, our roads can be dangerous. Tractor trailers and large buses pose particular risks to smaller cars and to people. For example, just this week saw a dangerous fire involving a Megabus in northeast Georgia. raod blurry.jpg
Megabus is a budget bus company that offers low priced one way fares between cities in the US and Canada and has been in operation since 2006. According to news reports, last Wednesday a double decker bus caught fire on Interstate 85, forcing passengers to get off and closing the northbound lanes of 85 for hours. This particular bus was travelling between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. The fire started around 11:40am and the company stated there were about 80 passengers onboard at the time. Fortunately, in this accident no one was injured, although with such a dangerous situation there easily could have been many hurt. In this case, the driver safely evacuated the bus. But a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation stated that crews had to cut the charred bus in half horizontally to be able to move it from the highway. The bus was so badly burned and damaged that it was the only way to get it off the road. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
This incident in Georgia is just the latest in a series of accidents for Megabus. Others involved were not so lucky as those in Georgia. Just in the last few weeks, there have been two serious Megabus accidents in Illinois. On August 2, one of their buses hit a pillar on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois, killing a passenger and injuring more than 40 others. That accident was likely caused by a blown tire, which is a danger for these buses and also for tractor trailers.
In a separate incident last week, a 76 year old woman, Donna Halstead, was killed when a Megabus hit her as it attempted to turn on a tight downtown Chicago street. The side mirror of the bus hit her head and knocked her to the pavement. Since then, a lawsuit has been filed on Ms. Halstead’s behalf, claiming criminal negligence and wrongful death. In the same week, Megabus settled another lawsuit relating to a similar incident that happened in 2010, showing that there are serious lingering safety issues.
These accidents in Illinois have prompted that state’s governor, Pat Quinn, to call for a federal investigation into Megabus after the National Transportation Safety Board declined to pursue the issue. And given the recent fiery crash in Georgia, Governor Quinn’s request may be a fair one.
If you or someone in your family needs legal assistance from injuries or death resulting from a vehicle accident, the experienced Georgia truck accident attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, PC can help determine if you have a case and how to proceed with legal avenues. Call us today at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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