Baltimore Bus Company Could Be Liable for Fatal November Crash
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Dec 13, 2016 in Truck Accidents
In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, founding partner Kevin Goldberg discussed the possibility that the contracted bus company involved in a fatal crash in November that killed six people and injured 11 others could be held liable for the accident.
According to preliminary findings from the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the accident, the driver of the school bus, which crashed into a Ford Mustang and an MTA bus on Nov. 1, had been involved in 12 collisions in the past five years and had “seizure-like episodes.”
The report also noted that the bus driver experienced a medical emergency at the bus company’s office one week before the accident. Witnesses described the incident as a seizure.
According to Goldberg, the bus company, AAAfordable Transportation, could be held liable for the accident if it could be proven that officials were aware of the bus driver’s medical condition and crash history. He noted that suing the school system would be much more difficult.
Federal and state regulators have stated that drivers and their employers are responsible for reporting medical conditions, such as seizures.
Drivers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to carry an up-to-date medical certificate that states that their health does not interfere with their driving ability. Applicants must report all medical conditions, and the doctors who conduct the physicals are trained to asked about less apparent medical issues.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) keeps this medical certificate on file and also asks for an applicant’s medical history.
According to the article, the bus driver testified seven times to having no medical conditions to report when completing MVA forms. Drivers are warned by both agencies that providing any inaccurate or incomplete information is considered perjury.
At the time of the accident, the MVA was in the process of revoking the bus driver’s driving privileges because he failed to update his medical certificate. AAAfordable Transportation stated that it had received an updated certificate in June.
As experienced bus accident lawyers, the team at Goldberg Finnegan is experienced in handling these types of complex cases. If you were injured or lost a loved one in this crash, do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you have a case.