The driver of an Atlanta hotel shuttle bus and the bus’ 16 passengers were injured in a wreck. The bus collided with a tractor trailer that was making a legal U-turn. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Police say that the driver of the bus, an employee of MTI Limos and Shuttles, was not licensed to drive a commercial vehicle.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services reported that in order for a driver to be able to drive a commercial vehicle capable of carrying 16 or more passengers, the driver must have a CDL license that has a passenger endorsement. The sergeant of the College Park Police informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there would be charges pending in the truck accident.
The driver of the tractor trailer stated that he was headed south on Loop Road when he realized he was traveling in the wrong direction. He was in the right lane when he made the U-turn at a light and stated that he didn’t see any vehicles behind him when he started to make the turn, but then he was hit mid-way through the turn by the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus reportedly skidded 158 feet before hitting the tail of the rig.
The passengers who were injured in the shuttle bus crash could decide to file personal injury lawsuits against the company that owned the bus. Their claims could possibly state that their injuries were caused by negligence on the company’s part for employing a driver who was not licensed to drive such a vehicle. Personal injury lawyers may be able to help prepare their claims and, if applicable, to reach a settlement and seek compensation for their injuries.
Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Police release details of airport shuttle bus accident,” Marcus K. Garner, May 30, 2013