While bus accidents are less common than collisions involving smaller vehicles, bus crashes can be exponentially more serious due to larger passenger numbers and lack of safety features such as seat belts. These issues likely factored into a tragic bus accident that occurred recently in Fairfax County.
The crash happened on Interstate 95 as a shuttle bus was transporting more than a dozen passengers back to Prince William County after a birthday party. Virginia State Police investigated two possibilities of how the accident occurred. Initially, authorities were told the bus swerved and overturned after attempting to avoid a collision with a speeding car. However, police later said the car actually hit the bus.
Nine bus passengers were thrown from the vehicle, and thirteen people were said to have suffered minor injuries. Three other surviving victims' injuries were said to be serious. One victim, a 24-year-old man from Woodbridge, Virginia, died as a result of the crash.
The driver of the car failed to stop but was later found and arrested for felony hit-and-run.
While the arrested car driver may be largely if not fully responsible for the initial cause of the collision, there are also complex laws related to the extent to which a bus company can be held liable for injuries and other damages.
Defective auto parts and a driver's failure to exercise reasonable caution are common forms of negligence that lead to bus accidents. In any case, victims and their families deserve to see the results of a thorough investigation.