More than 20 Maryland residents received various injuries on Saturday, June 6, when the MTA city bus they were riding in was hit by a Chevrolet Malibu in Baltimore County. The Route 20 bus was traveling toward Security Square when the driver of the Malibu apparently lost control and slammed into the larger vehicle at an intersection in West Baltimore.
The incident occurred at the intersection of West Baltimore and Carey streets. Although details of the car-bus accident have not yet been released — the investigation is ongoing — crashes like this can be the result of a number of possible causes. Driver error — for example inattention, confusing the accelerator with the brake pedal, or driving under the influence of alcohol — is such cause. Another common area is a vehicle mechanical problem, such as poorly maintained brakes, failure of the steering system, or even a blown tire.
Regardless of the cause in this case, nearly a dozen innocent passengers on the bus were hurt as a consequence of the accident. Many of those riders were taken to three different hospitals in the Baltimore area for treatment of their personal injuries. No one was killed in the accident, but the driver of the car was badly injured and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. As part of the police investigation, the bus driver was given a required examination for alcohol or drugs.
At Lebowitz-Mzhen, LLC, we frequently encounter cases just like this one. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile-related accident, we strongly urge you to retain professional legal counsel to better understand your rights. Especially in cases of wrongful death or serious injury, you may incur unexpected financial costs that you may be able to recover with the help of an experienced automobile accident attorney.
Two dozen injured in collision of bus, car in West Baltimore, BaltimoreSun.com, June 6, 2009