A Martinsburg man died on September 4th, 2019 in a two-vehicle crash involving a 2001 Buick Century and a charter bus on Interstate 81 around 4:25 am. The crash took place just south of the West Virginia state line as reported by Virginia State Police.
Death Was Instant
The Martinsburg man has been identified as 41 year old Ronald W. Dick. Police say that Dick died instantly upon impact at the scene of the accident. Initial reports from eyewitnesses claim that he was wearing a seat belt.
The bus driver of the 2002 Van Hool charter did not sustain any injuries. There were 10 adults on board and a juvenile. All passengers including the driver were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the accident.
Crash Remains under Investigation
Police stated on Wednesday that the bus crash is going to be investigated with recreations. Initial reports state that Dick was headed north on I-81 in his 2001 Buick Century when he tried changing lanes. The car collided with the bus when he attempted to change lanes without signaling near the 324-mile marker in Frederick County.
The crash impact caused the Buick to hit a guardrail on the southbound side of the interstate. Police said the charter bus was not left unscathed. It struck the right shoulder guardrail on the highway.
West Virginia State Police Trooper D. Ayers is in charge of the investigation and is assisted by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, law-enforcement agency’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Frederick County Fire and EMS.
A Berkeley County 911 supervisor said the crash slowed traffic on I-81 for two hours since the northbound lane was closed off after the incident.
Complicated Laws and Rules Governing Bus Accidents in West Virginia
The transportation industry is required to follow a very complex set of federal and state laws. All bus companies, including their employees are aware that they are obliged to meet them. At the same time, most bus companies hire large teams of attorneys to reduce their liability and responsibility in the event of an accident. It takes an experienced cross country bus accident attorney to prove liability and win rightful compensation.
The answer to a simple question as “Whose fault was this?” at the scene of the accident can reduce the awarded compensation. Risk management companies hired by bus owners do their best to reduce the impact of violations and other factors in the event of bus accidents. This makes it necessary to hire a cross country bus accident lawyer from the very beginning.