When individuals fail to use reasonable care or are distracted while driving, accidents involving other vehicles often occur. The severity of injuries resulting from car accidents may increase when individuals fail to use reasonable care during rainstorms or snowstorms. Recently, a bus full of students was involved in a car accident when a driver failed to use reasonable care in New York.
A bus carrying a men’s lacrosse team from Vermont was involved in a car accident. According to reports, a driver in a Porsche passed the bus, but lost control. The car was unable to gain control and veered directly in front of the bus. The bus crashed into the car, causing the bus to drop to its side in a ditch. The passengers of the bus were able to exit through the roof of the bus. Four players on the lacrosse team were injured but did not need hospital treatment. A passenger in the car was killed, and the driver of the car suffered serious injuries as a result of the wreck. The roads were reportedly wet due to rain.
Every day, individuals are harmed in car accidents. In some circumstances, those injured may file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused their injuries. Legal claims in car accidents are generally based on negligence. When a driver fails to use reasonable care in the circumstances of the incident, the driver is considered negligent. Factors courts may use to determine whether a driver is negligent is whether the driver obeyed traffic signs, whether the driver observed the speed limit and whether the driver was driving with disregard to weather conditions.
When choosing to get behind the wheel, drivers should be aware of their surroundings, especially when the weather conditions make driving more difficult. If driver negligence causes an accident resulting in harm to others, those hurt may have personal injury claims against the negligent driver.
Source: USA Today, “Bus carrying Vermont lacrosse team crashes in NY,” Adam Silverman, March 12, 2013