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Several Injured in New Hampshire School Bus Crash

Multiple people were injured on Friday following a school bus accident in Greenland, New Hampshire on Interstate 95.

Details of the Bus Crash

According to authorities, a school bus veered off of Interstate 95 and crashed into trees on the side of the road. The passengers of the bus were children on a field trip for a summer program.

Police said that they have reason to believe the driver may have suffered a medical emergency in the crash.

Kendra Amaral, a town manager in Kittery, Maine, reported that 11 children and 2 adult counselors were on the bus as part of the Kittery Community Center SAFE program. There were many injuries but none were life-threatening, according to Amaral.

Police reports reveal that the most seriously injured were the driver, an 18-year-old counselor, and a 10-year-old student.

New Hampshire State Police continue to investigate the crash, Amaral says.

Large Truck and Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

Hit-and-Run Driver that Caused School Bus Crash to Serve Minimum of 5 Years

A Lancaster man convicted of causing a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus was sentenced to prison on Friday.

Man Responsible for School Bus Hit-and-Run to Serve At Least 5 Years

According to reports, James P. Irvin III, 48, was ordered to serve five to 20 years in state prison after being convicted of 68 charges connected to a May 17, 2017 crash that occurred on Route 30 in East Lampeter Township, according to a release from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Irvin was traveling 71 mph while accelerating while attempting an illegal pass. His actions caused the chain-reaction crash involving a school bus with 14 students from the Lancaster Mennonite School which overturned onto its side.

Irvin fled from the scene in a white Chevy Malibu but was arrested six days later. Irvin’s conviction was after a non-jury trial in May, during which he faced charges of aggravated assault and hit-and-run.

Judge Howard Kinsley issued the sentence and mentioned Irvin’s poor driving record since 1988 and scolded him driving without a license since 2006. According a release, Irvin was driving up to 400 miles a week in more recent years.

During sentencing, Irvin apologized telling the court “I wasn’t raised to end up here. I know I made a lot of mistakes. I really don’t have any excuse.”

Hit-and-Run Statistics

More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. With the number of hit-and-run crashes on the rise, AAA is calling for drivers to be alert on the road in order to avoid a deadly crash and always remain on the scene if a crash occurs.

  • An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred each year since 2006.
  • Nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009.
  • Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota have the lowest rates.

Hit-and-Run Prevention

  • Be Aware: Pedestrians may act unpredictably and can walk into the path of travel at any point.
  • Be Cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians. These include school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections.
  • Be Patient: When trying to pass a pedestrian or cyclist, give plenty of space and keep them in your line of sight.
  • Be Vigilant: Drivers should always yield to pedestrians, even if they walk into the road from an area other than a crosswalk.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an auto accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced auto accident injury attorneys are available to respond to car crashes at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Ambulance Overturns, Man Seriously Injured in Houston Collision

Authorities are investigating a collision on Houston’s Southwest Freeway which resulted in an ambulance overturning.

About the Houston Ambulance Crash

On Tuesday evening, a pickup truck was heading westbound on the Southwest Freeway when it hit an ambulance travelling northbound, causing the ambulance to flip. The crash occurred on frontage road near Bellaire Boulevard.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the ambulance’s siren and lights were on at the time of the crash. Only the driver was in the ambulance, who was seen walking and talking before being taken to the hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck was in serious, but stable condition, and was taken to the hospital.

The Houston police are still investigating the crash to determine if any charges are necessary.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

1 Dead, Multiple Injured in Airport Shuttle Crash

One person is dead and several others are injured after an airport shuttle collided with another vehicle on Interstate 25 near Firestone, Colorado.

About the Fatal Airport Shuttle Crash

According to ABC 9 News, the fatal crash occurred Tuesday around 8:30 am near mile marker 239. Early reports indicate the van struck a sedan, went into the median, and rolled at least once before coming to a rest.

One man was ejected from the shuttle van and was pronounced dead at the scene. Five other people from the van were taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

The driver of the sedan was not injured.

One of the northbound lanes was closed as a result of the crash, and the incident remains under investigation.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,485 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2016, marking a 5.6-percent increase from 2015.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2016:
    • 22,639 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,495 were pedestrians
    • 5,029 were motorcyclists
    • 829 were pedalcyclists
    • 665 were occupants of large trucks
    • 235 were listed as other or unknown
  • Injury estimates for the year have not yet been made available.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

Driver in Fatal Chattanooga Bus Crash Charged with Statutory Rape

The school bus driver involved in a fatal 2016 crash that left six children dead in Chattanooga has been booked on a felony charge of aggravated statutory rape.

Suspect Was Out on Bond Prior to Statutory Rape Arrest

According to the Tennessean, Johnthony K. Walker, 25, was booked into Davidson County Jail at 9:45 pm Thursday on a felony charge of aggravated statutory rape of a 14-year-old. He is being held at the Hill Detention Center, a maximum security facility, on a $350,000 bond.

Walker was previously found guilty on six counts of criminally negligent homicide, 11 counts of reckless aggravated assault, and seven counts of assault for a fatal school bus crash that killed six children in November 2016. He was also found guilty of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and distracted driving.

While Walker had been sentenced to 4 years in prison, he was free on bond pending an appeal prior to his latest arrest in Nashville.

Walker will appear in court on Monday.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Uber Disabled Emergency Braking in Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash

An investigation has revealed that Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that was involved in a fatal pedestrian accident in Arizona in March.

Vehicle Identified a Need to Apply Breaks Prior to Accident

According to Reuters, the self-driving 2017 Volvo XC90’s radar system observed the pedestrian at least six seconds prior to the fatal impact, but the vehicle’s software identified the woman as an unknown object, a vehicle, and finally a bicycle with varying expectations of future travel path.

However, at 1.3 seconds before the crash, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed to avoid impact; but, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the automatic emergency braking system needed for the vehicle to complete necessary evasive maneuvers had been disabled by Uber to “reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.”

Uber suspended the testing of self-driving vehicles in Tempe following the fatal accident, and on Wednesday the company announced plans to discontinue testing in Arizona permanently. Uber still plans on limited testing in Pittsburgh and at least two cities in California.

The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was walking her bicycle outside of the cross walk on a four-lane road when she was struck. The vehicle was traveling at 39 miles per hour when impact occurred. The operator of the vehicle says she was monitoring the vehicle’s self-driving systems when the crash occurred.

The accident remains under investigation.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Accidents Involving Uber Drivers?

Rideshare companies have gone great lengths in order to distance themselves from legal responsibility. Uber, for example, does not consider their drivers employees and instead lists them as independent contractors.

When confronted with litigation, parent companies like Uber and Lyft will attempt to claim they only facilitate fares and are not responsible for their driver’s actions. It is then up to the plaintiff’s attorneys to prove the company’s liability.

What Do I Do if I am Involved in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other vehicle used in a ridesharing service, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and resources to handle your claim aggressively and effectively. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Georgia School Bus, 8 Students Injured

Eight students were injured Monday after a DeKalb County school bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

Details of the Georgia School Bus Accident

According to reports, the wreck happened around 4:50 pm Monday in the southbound lanes of I-285 near Glenwood Road.

School officials say the bus was transporting 19 students from Cedar Grove Middle School and Champion Theme School when it was allegedly rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. A DeKalb County Schools spokesperson said the bus was at a stop when the crash occurred and implied that the 18-wheeler was traveling too fast to avoid the bus.

The conditions of the injured students were not immediately available, but head, back, and neck injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

Two Injured After Dayton School Bus Crashes into SUV

Two children were injured in Ohio Monday morning after a Dayton school bus ran a red light and collided with an SUV.

Details of the Dayton School Bus Crash

According to WHIO-TV, the accident occurred around 8:40 am at the intersection of West Sixth Street and Ludlow Street.

Preliminary reports suggest the school bus was traveling south on Ludlow Street when it ran a red light before striking the SUV. There were about dozen children on the bus when the crash occurred.

The accident remains under investigation and it is unclear why the school bus failed to stop at the red light.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

 

17 Students Injured in Kentucky School Bus Crash

At least 17 students and two adults were injured Tuesday in a crash involving a Kentucky school bus.

Details of the Kentucky School Bus Crash

According to WKYT, the crash occurred around 8:30 am at the intersection of Blue Lick Road and White Oak Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

41 students were aboard the bus at the time of the accident. They were being transported to Fairdale Elementary and Coral Ridge Elementary. While early reports suggested no injuries, updated information from officials said 18 students and two adults were transported to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

The cause of the school bus crash remains under investigation.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

 

 

13 Injured in I-81 Bus Crash, Driver Allegedly Under the Influence

13 people were injured following a bus accident on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County, Virginia Friday morning. The driver has been arrested.

Details of the Pulaski County Bus Crash

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the crash occurred around 8: 15 am when the bus drifted into a tractor-trailer before leaving the roadway. The bus hit an embankment and overturned.

13 passengers suffered what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The bus driver, 59-year-old Willie F. Walker of Carrollton, Georgia, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Fatigue is also being looked at as a factor in the crash.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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