The crash occurred when the group’s bus crashed into the back of a semi on the I-85 bridge over the Catawba River, between Gaston and Mecklenburg. A dozen people were injured, including three singers in the Gospel group The Bowling Family. The chaotic scene included half-a-dozen ambulances, firefighters and paramedics.
Trucking accidents or accidents involving commercial buses are complex cases that should always be handled by a North Carolina injury lawyer. The presence of a large number of passengers, and the extreme weight of a semi or large bus, frequently leads to very serious or fatal injuries and multiple victims. Additionally, out-of-state busing or trucking companies, drivers and insurance companies make filing a claim a complex process. The presence of state and federal regulations governing truckers and commercial buses can also impact a case. A thorough investigation will need to be conducted to determine the cause of the accident, the number of claims involved, and the insurance coverage available.
In this case, two victims were flown to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Mike Bowling was one of those flown to the hospital; authorities said the force of the crash ejected the front passenger seat through the windshield with Bowling in it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 380,000 crashes involved semis and large commercial trucks in 2008. A total of 4,229 people were killed and more than 90,000 were injured in trucking accidents nationwide.
North Carolina trucking accidents killed 143 motorists, while fatal South Carolina trucking accidents claimed 81 lives.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident or accident in a commercial bus, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.