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Over 30 College Students Injured in Bus Accident Near Richmond

By: Allan M. Siegel

Dozens of college students were injured Sunday evening when a charter bus lost control and overturned near Richmond. According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at 7:15 p.m. on the ramp from Powhite Parkway to Chippenham Parkway in North Chesterfield County, just south of Richmond. The bus was transporting students back to several colleges after Thanksgiving weekend.

Since the accident, new information has come to light, including significant new details about the driver’s conduct. Here’s what we know so far:

  • 34 passengers were injured in the wreck, including one passenger who suffered serious injuries. The driver was also injured and all 35 were transported to area hospitals.
  • The bus, operated by Abbot Trailways bus lines of Roanoke, had a total of 50 passengers on board at the time of the wreck. Passengers mainly included college students who were returning to the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Radford University.
  • The crash is being investigated by the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team. Although the precise cause is still being determined, the bus driver has been charged with reckless driving, and authorities believe speed may have played a factor.

It is extremely fortunate that more victims were not seriously injured in last night’s crash. All too often, bus accidents tend to result in numerous injuries, many of which have a long-term impact on the victims involved. Any time there is a large amount of passengers, bus drivers should talk every precaution possible to avoid preventable accidents. According to details made available thus far, it appears the driver – charged with reckless driving – was negligent in his duty to drive with care.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest times of year for traveling, and as a result the holiday sees quite an increase in traffic accidents. Due to the congestion and dangerous conditions during this time, all drivers need to make safety a priority when behind the wheel. When they fail to do so, and cause harm, they can be held accountable for victims’ damages.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has extensive experience representing victims injured by private and public busses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Partner Joseph Cammarata recently won a $4.5 million verdict against Alexandria Transit Company, after one of its drivers struck a pedestrian.

We are always available to help victims and families who want to learn more about their legal rights and how they may be entitled to compensation for their damages. Contact our team today if you wish to speak with a lawyer.