Video footage from a public transportation bus will be evaluated for clues to the cause of a head-on collision with a passenger vehicle on the morning of May 1 in Pittsburgh. The driver of the passenger vehicle, the bus driver and two bus passengers suffered injuries, according to officials.
Investigative reports say that a car had been traveling on Penn Avenue, heading in the opposite direction as the bus. The car apparently crossed over the centerline and hit the oncoming bus head-on. The bus driver and the person operating the car were transported to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, the nearest trauma center, for treatment. The bus passengers seemed to have been less-seriously injured and were transported to a different hospital than the drivers. Investigators hope to gain additional information from statements from people who witnessed the incident.
Auto accidents often warrant an investigation by police and other authorities in order to determine the cause of the incident, including any indications of fault. The people involved in the accident usually need to provide such information to their insurance companies, and the documentation could be instrumental in a car accident claim. If investigative reports suggest negligence, any victims may choose to recover some of their financial losses from the accident by bringing a legal claim against the liable party. In general, an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to assess whether or not the overall incident warrants legal attention and could explain the general process of moving forward with a claim.
A car accident victim often faces significant financial damages in addition to physical injuries following an incident. A lawyer might be able to negotiate a settlement that allows for some recovery from those losses.
Source: LancasterOnline, “Transit bus driver, 2 passengers hurt in crash with car”, The Associated Press, May 1, 2015