Bus Accidents Everywhere

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 out there!