Third Megabus crash in the past year injures 19 in Indiana
Lawyers raise issue of negligent entrustment and supervision
When you think Megabus, you likely first think of a quick and inexpensive way to hop from city to city for a weekend away. But this increasingly popular bus service has recently been in the news for reasons that are not so fun: In the past year, there have been at least three serious Megabus accidents.
This latest occurred over the weekend in Indiana, when 19 people suffered injuries after a Megabus heading from Chicago to Atlanta crashed into an 18-wheeler truck on I-65, according to the Indiana State Police. Several people were transported to nearby hospitals.
Fortunately, there were no fatalities in this latest Megabus crash.
The semi truck had initially stopped along the interstate because of construction. That’s when the Megabus smashed into its back end, pushing the truck into two cars, authorities stated.
Here are some other recent Megabus accidents, according to published reports:
- In December 2014, a Megabus traveling from Chicago to Atlanta crashed on I-65, injuring 27 people.
- In October, 2014, Megabus following the same route was involved in a crash on I-65 just south of Indianapolis, injuring 18 people.
In December 2013, the federal government put 52 bus companies out of business, mostly because of too many preventable accidents and serious safety concerns.
The government also has ordered a total of 340 buses and commercial vehicles off the road, as part of an effort to shut down unsafe motor coach companies. And according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes increased from 245 to 251 from 2011 to 2012.
Stay tuned for a post from our bus accident attorneys on Megabus liability in the event of a serious bus accident.