21 people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries on December 3rd, 2019 when a crash occurred in South Carolina involving a transit bus and another vehicle. The accident took place on Highway 17 at the double bridges around 8:00 am.
There were twenty two other occupants on the Georgetown bus that were cleared without injuries. According to Midway Fire Rescue all northbound bridges on US Highway 17 exiting Georgetown are closed.
The Georgetown County Emergency Management Division, Georgetown City Fire Department, Georgetown County Fire/EMS, and the Midway Fire Rescue are on the bus crash site that is roughly 35 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach.
Authorities say the situation is completely under control now and the roadways are open to traffic again. The cause of the accident is still pending investigation.
Typical Bus Collision Causes in South Carolina
10 billion trips are made on an average each year by Americans using public transportation. Most of these are city or local buses. There is plenty of opportunity for things to take a southward turn with gridlocked traffic during business transit times.
There is a wide range of reasons for bus accidents to occur. A passenger on the bus may cause a dangerous situation or a cyclist may accidentally come in front of the bus. Some of the more common reasons are:
Bad weather and things outside the purview of the bus driver can also be the reason for an accident. It takes an experienced neighborhood bus accident attorney to understand the causes of the accident and to hold the responsible party liable.
The right lawyer should be able to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other things that are particular to individual lawsuits.
Multiple Parties Can be Held Responsible
There were over 140,341 traffic collisions recorded in South Carolina in 2019. Over 80,000 of these accidents resulted in injuries and about 5,000 in wrongful death. Buses can cause a lot of damage because of their sheer size. This is especially true for passengers on board the bus since 9 out of 10 times there are no safety restraints.
There can be multiple reasons for a bus accident and the same number of responsible parties. Some of the potential at fault parties include:
It requires a dedicated and experienced neighborhood bus accident lawyer to identify all responsible parties and to hold them liable.