I guess we are not the only city that deals with fatal bus accidents. In
Columbia, Missouri, the city just settled a wrongful death lawsuit with
the family of a 34-year-old man who died after colliding with a bus while
on his motorcycle. The settlement was for $1.4 million.
The city bus was making a left-hand turn, and Michael Heaston, the motorcycle
rider, could not stop in time and crashed into the side of the bus. The
bus driver, Archie Smith, Jr., had stopped at the stop sign before beginning
the turn. He alleges he did not see Heaston, but he was charged with careless
and imprudent driving by the police, and a review by the Columbia Transit
Safety Committee stated Smith could have avoided the accident.
Accidents do occur, and when they do, everyone involved suffers. Be safe
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