By: Allan M. Siegel
A crash involving a Metrobus, pick-up truck, and a tree in Silver Spring,
Maryland Monday evening injured over a dozen people, local authorities
report. The collision took place shortly after 4:00 pm Monday when the
J2 bus collided with another vehicle and then crashed into a nearby tree
on East-West Highway near Grubb Road. Metro representatives reported the
bus was en route to the Montgomery Westfield mall at the time of the collision.
A spokesman from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services commented
on the severity of the crash, stating that the sound of the collision
could be heard for blocks. At the time of the crash, there were 15 passengers
on the bus, ten of whom were transported to the hospital for medical attention.
The bus driver, who was trapped inside of the crushed bus for 15 minutes
until being freed by rescue workers, was taken to a local hospital with
life-threatening injuries. His status was later upgraded to stable.
According to reports from officials,
the bus driver has been charged with reckless driving. Under Maryland law, motorists can be charged for reckless driving when
they operate a vehicle without regard to others’ safety. Aggressive
driving, driver negligence, impaired driving, and other similar actions
are examples of behaviors that can result in criminal reckless driving charges.
Although few details about the crash have been released, the charges do
imply there was sufficient evidence the bus operator was driving negligently
and that this crash
could have been prevented. Should this be the case, or should others have played a role in causing
the accident, victims injured in the collision have the right to pursue
compensation for their damages.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our personal injury
lawyers have a proven record of success when fighting on behalf of victims
bus accidents and other types of public transit accidents. If you or someone you know
have been injured in such a crash, we encourage you to
contact us for a free consultation about your rights and how we can help you recover
the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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