While the driver of the bus that killed a young triplet in a school bus accident might have been inexperienced, there may be a more pressing cause. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said that the accident may have occurred because of bad sight lines at the intersection. Since the driver could not see properly, he inched past a stop sign, and that is when the accident occurred.
The school bus driver told investigators that he did not see the 2004 Mack truck coming at him or his bus, until it was too late. The NTSB investigator has determined that the line of sight was obstructed due to environmental features of the intersection. Some of these obstructions include fences, poles, and trees. The investigators have observed other drivers; doing the same thing the bus did, inching forward to be able to see what is ahead. While the toxicology report of the driver and the anti-lock brakes test are still being investigated, the road design may simply be the reason that this young girl lost her life.
Between 15 and 20 percent of accidents are caused because of defective roadways. This happens on both state and local roads and is a common reason that many single and more often multi-car accidents occur. If a crash occurs in Pennsylvania and it might have been caused because of defective roadways, the Commonwealth and other local Pennsylvania entities can be held liable for the damage or injuries.
If someone is going to bring legal action involving an accident that occurred because of defective roadway design or negligence on the part of governmental authorities, the litigation must be initiated within six months of the date of the accident. However, it is important to collect evidence immediately to begin to properly start the investigative process. Therefore, it is essential that you contact an experienced Philadelphia defective roadway design attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an accident that you believe happened because of a defective roadway, you deserve to talk to someone who is experienced and will care for you and your needs. Contact a Pennsylvania school bus accident lawyer at Reiff and Bily to investigate your case. We can get your case to the right experts and filed in a timely manner. Contact Reiff and Billy today at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.