On Friday May 22, 2009 there was a serious accident on I-66 in Virginia involving two tour busses. The busses were charter busses (aka “tour bus”) transporting children from a school field trip to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The crash occurred in Fairfax County, VA near Nutley Street. One tour bus struck the other tour bus in the rear causing injuries to at least 32 people who were taken to the hospital.
This bus crash caused severe traffic jams for commuters in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Lanes were Closed for about 3 hours. The Virginia State Police charged the striking bus with following too closely.
Accidents involving tour busses need to be taken seriously and approached aggressively. When there are serious injuries, the problem of limited insurance coverage often arises. The bus will have liability insurance of only a limited amount. Because there are often numerous passengers making claims, the limits can easily be exhausted if there are catastrophic injuries. In that case, those injured will typically need to make claims on their own auto insurance policies as an Uninsured Motorist Claim (aka “Underinsured Motorist Claim”). In the case of school age children, claims can often be made on the automobile insurance policies of any resident relative.
When injured on a bus, tour bus or charter bus, it is important to act promptly to seek legal representation. The Virginia and Maryland bus accident lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan are experienced in handling bus accident cases.
Call (888) 213-8140 to speak with our Silver Spring personal injury attorneys for more information.