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Drunk Driver Crashes into Charter Bus Transporting Squad of 29 High School Cheerleaders

March 06, 2015

Charter buses provide transportation to many young people embarking on school trips, church youth group outings and sporting events. When young people who are traveling for a school or extracurricular function, a crash caused by an unsafe driver can cause harm to the many children or teenagers who are passengers on the bus. Drivers who engage in the most egregious forms of unsafe driving like driving the wrong way on a freeway often are alcohol impaired. These types of extremely egregious driving practices can justify punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish such conduct and discourage similar acts in the future.

A recent head-on crash involving a busload of 29 Atlanta area high school cheerleaders and their chaperones on the way to a competition in Florida serves as a reminder of the threat posed by drunk drivers. A media source reports that the bus was hit head-on by the other driver who was traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 75 just north of Atlanta. Although the crash is still under investigation, the police believe that the driver was intoxicated. The driver who was traveling in the wrong direction has been charged with DUI, failure to exercise due care, driving on the wrong side of the road and reckless driving.

Although this head-on bus accident did not result in injury to any of the high school students, head-on collisions involving intoxicated drivers often cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. The severity of injury associated with head-on collisions caused by drunk drivers often mean potentially ruinous medical bills and extended recovery periods. Because drunk driving accidents often justify a punitive damage award, the recovery for this form of egregious driving behavior can be higher than for other types of unsafe driving practices like failure to yield, unsafe following distance or violations of right of way.

Despite the consequences of committing a DUI offense, many motorists continue to place others at-risk by driving while impaired. While drivers can commit deadly driving errors like traveling the wrong way on the freeway even when they are sober, this type of driving practice is typical of someone whose perception, decision-making and perception are impaired by alcohol. The significant impairment of driving abilities associated with drunk driving results in a person being injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes. While it might be tempting to assume that DUI accidents only happen to other people, it happens all too frequently.

If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, you might have a right to financial compensation. Our accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Auto Accidents

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