Over the weekend, at least 22 people were injured in a South Carolina bus crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning in Georgetown County. Very little information about this wreck has been released, but initial reports indicate that it happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. For currently unknown reasons, the bus left the roadway and rolled into a ditch. At least 22 people had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and one person had to be airlifted. This bus crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officials.
Bus Crashes by The Numbers
On average, from 2006 to 2016, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
During that time period, school buses and transit buses accounted for 40 percent and 34 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
From 2015 to 2016, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 263 to 227 (14 percent).
Risk Factors Associated With Bus Crash Severity
Research shows that there are a variety of risk factors associated with bus crash severity. According to a 2012 study, bus crash severity increases when there are young bus drivers under the age of 25 behind the wheel, older drivers who are over 55 years old, and most prominently for drivers over 65 years old. A few other factors include very high-speed limits (over 65 miles per hour), and very low speed limits (under 20 miles per hour). Another common risk factor is inattentive and risky driving.
Bus Accidents in Asheville
After any kind of bus accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve after an injury accident.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bus accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.