Atlanta Hotel Shuttle Bus Accident Injures 18 Passengers
Many people are making vacation plans because the summer is upon us, but traveling can mean placing one’s safety in the hands of others. When you take a hotel shuttle or van transport from the airport, you probably do not worry that you will be involved in a collision. The assumption that motor vehicle accidents are rare events, combined with the notion that a shuttle operator is a professional driver, may provide a false sense of security.
A recent shuttle crash involving a vehicle providing transportation between an Atlanta hotel and the Atlanta International Airport serves as a reminder that these shuttles can be involved in collisions when those who service the shuttle or drive the shuttle do not exercise reasonable care for the safety of passengers.
In the recent collision, seven people were injured when the hotel shuttle collided with a tractor-trailer near the airport. Two of those injured suffered serious injuries. One of the hotel shuttle accident victims suffered a collapsed lung while another was forced to endure the pain of fractures to both shoulders. College Park police indicate that a total of 18 passengers on the hotel shuttle suffered some form of injury. While the Atlanta hotel shuttle crash is still under investigation, law enforcement authorities indicated that the shuttle skidded over 150 feet (half the length of a football field) before the collision.
There are many factors that may contribute to airport shuttle or hotel shuttle van accidents, such as:
- Driver fatigue and boredom from the monotony of traveling the same route
- Operators using a cell phone to text or talk
- Poorly maintained vans including improper tire pressure or old tires
- Defective vehicle components
- Loud, obnoxious passengers that distract the driver
- Improper screening of drivers during the hiring process
When accidents occur involving shuttle bus transports, there are particular hazards that are not present with other types of motor vehicles. Most shuttle buses lack the protective equipment available in other types of motor vehicles like seat belts and airbags. Passengers in shuttle buses may even be forced to stand making them unstable and more likely to fall during crashes with other motor vehicles or fixed objects. On top of these hazards, luggage stored on racks may become dangerous projectiles in a hotel shuttle crash.
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