Passenger of Greyhound Bus Takes Picture of Driver Using Phone Shortly Before Accident
MT. VERNON, KY – According to online news articles published by www.mdjonline.comand www.lex18.com, a passenger of a Greyhound bus took a picture of the bus driver using a phone right before being involved in an accident with a truck.*
A passenger on a Greyhound bus traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati caught the bus driver using a phone before being involved in an accident. The accident happened on I-75 near mile marker 71 in Rockcastle County when the Greyhound bus left its lane and collided with a tractor-trailer, according to investigators.
The collision caused the tractor-trailer to flip and caused damage to the front-end of the Greyhound bus. All 3 lanes of I-75 were closed for several hours, holding up traffic for 10 miles. The same stretch of I-75 has seen numerous accidents over the past year and a half. Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 477 accidents on I-75 in Rockcastle County, and 105 of these accidents have involved commercial vehicles.
A total of 17 passengers were injured in the accident. A passenger sitting on the right-hand side of the Greyhound bus states that he saw the driver on the phone and purportedly told the driver: “[y]ou’re putting everybody’s lives in danger.” Greyhound states that it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to using a phone while driving. Police are continuing to investigate whether the Greyhound bus driver was texting shortly before the accident.
The Deadly Consequences of Distracted Driving Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a total of 3,166 deaths in 2017 resulting from distracted driving accidents, which accounted for 9 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 have the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2017.
Distracted driving accidents affect not only drivers and passengers of motor vehicles, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, and other “nonoccupants.” NHTSA data reports that in 2017, there was a total of 599 nonoccupant deaths resulting from “distraction-affected crashes.”
Accident News is a driver safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes. To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.
Sources:https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/news/state/greyhound-passenger-says-driver-using-phone-before-crash/article_27552aa4-296c-5587-88e9-920e6b714b9f.html and https://www.lex18.com/news/police-investigating-whether-greyhound-driver-was-texting-during-crash and https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812700
* This blog is intended to provide the public with news concerning serious automobile accidents and related stories. Although we are receiving this information from news organizations, initial reports may be different from conclusions reached by law enforcement personnel and other organizations, upon further investigation. Therefore, the accuracy of the content is not guaranteed. The information published here is based on information that has already been reported by a news organization, or other sources, and we cannot and do not assume responsibility for its accuracy. The source that we utilized at the time is provided above. If this posting pertains to you or your family and you do not wish for it to be on our website, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to remove it, but when doing so, please include a link to the the article that you wish to be taken down.