Massachusetts readers may recall the tragic bus accident that injured a multitude of student passengers and their chaperones that were visiting Harvard University last February. The bus driver was navigating through Boston with the aid of a Global Positioning System. Somehow, the bus ended up on Soldier's Field Road, and the driver either did not see or ignored warning signs about height limitations. He struck an overpass, injuring as many as 35 passengers, including one that suffered spinal cord injuries.
The bus accident resulted in criminal charges for the driver. He was also cited for several traffic infractions. He recently appeared in a Massachusetts criminal courtroom to formally enter a plea of not guilty to the accusations, including a misdemeanor allegation of driving negligently. The case was continued, and the next court date for the 67-year-old man was scheduled for July.
The prospective college students had traveled from Pennsylvania. The tour bus operator apparently resides in Philadelphia. There was no further word on the updated medical conditions of the injured passengers, though many were said to have escaped serious injury.
By anyone's estimation, spinal cord injuries are potentially debilitating. Many accident victims suffering these types of severe injury are destined to face months and sometimes years of rehabilitation and physical therapy regimens. Some never recover completely, and their lives are forever altered. Though there was no report of any personal injury lawsuits against the driver and/or the bus company for whom he worked, Massachusetts civil courts regularly preside over negligence claims seeking reimbursement of monetary damages sustained as the result of -- as here -- a seemingly preventable accident.
Source: boston.com, "Pa. bus driver pleads not guilty in Boston crash," June 4, 2013