MARTA Bus Collides with Pickup Truck, Resulting in One Fatality

When you drive your vehicle on Fulton County roads, wearing your seatbelt and obeying all traffic laws can help you avoid accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, you can’t control the behavior of other drivers, so there is always a chance of being involved in an automobile accident.

On February 10, 2016, a bus operated by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) crashed into a pickup truck at Cascade Road and Spring Park Drive in Atlanta, killing the driver of the pickup and injuring several bus passengers. Cortez Stafford, a spokesman for the Atlanta Fire Department, said it appeared to be a head-on collision.

Driver Errors Cause the Majority of Automobile Accidents

Although investigators don’t know what caused this accident, a majority of crashes are the result of driver error. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spent two years examining data from 5,470 crashes. The aim of the study was to determine the critical reason—defined as the last action in the chain of events leading to the accident—for each crash.

Ninety-four percent of the crashes included in the study were the result of driver error. Recognition errors and decision errors account for a majority of crashes. Distracted driving and inattentive driving are classified as recognition errors, while driving too fast, making illegal maneuvers, and misjudging the distance between two vehicles are examples of decision errors.

Vehicle Defects Result in Serious Crashes

Approximately 2 percent of the crashes included in the NHTSA study occurred due to vehicle defects. Some defects, such as bald tires and bad brakes, are a result of the owner’s failure to maintain the vehicle properly. Other defects are the result of manufacturing errors. For example, Firestone had to recall nearly 15 million tires in 2000. The tires, which had an unusually high rate of failure, were linked to more than 200 deaths and 500 injuries.

Environmental Conditions Cause Some Accidents

Another 2 percent of the crashes included in the NHTSA study occurred due to environmental conditions. Slick roads, rain and snow, poor road design, fog, and obstructed views are all examples of environmental conditions that make automobile accidents more likely. Some crashes occur due to inadequate signage or malfunctioning traffic lights.

Auto Accident Cases Are Complex

If you are involved in an accident caused by another driver, you may be able to sue the driver’s insurance company for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. In some cases, you may be able to sue the vehicle manufacturer or the government agency responsible for road maintenance and signage. Because auto accident cases are so complex, it’s important to seek advice from an experienced attorney before you make any decisions.

You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Lawsuit

In Georgia, you have two years to file a lawsuit for your injuries. Time is of the essence, so it’s important to talk to an Atlanta car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Call Butler Tobin at (404) 587-8423, and one of our attorneys would be happy to review your case.