People should reasonably expect that the person driving a commercial bus has undergone all the rigorous testing required by the State of Maine.
Portland, ME (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Maine personal injury lawyer Joe Bornstein, of the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, said today he hopes a recent bus accident involving members of the University of Maine’s women’s basketball team is fully investigated to determine who is responsible.
According to USA Today on Feb. 27, the driver was seriously injured in the crash, which resulted in a player sustaining a broken hand and the coach receiving minor facial cuts.
Police said the driver is believed to have had a medical episode, according to USA Today. The driver lost consciousness on I-95 in Georgetown, Mass., at around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, causing the bus to veer out of control across four lanes of traffic and crash into a cluster of trees alongside the highway, according to a report by WCVB News on Feb. 27. The bus was en route to play Boston University when the accident occurred, according to the news report.
Authorities are still trying to determine why bus driver Jeffrey Hamlin, 55, of Charleston, Maine, lost consciousness and passed out at the wheel, according to USA Today. Hamlin was driving the bus owned by Cyr Bus Lines of Old Town, Maine, which serves as the basketball team’s bus carrier for away games, according to an interview with University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron published in the Portland Press Herald on Feb. 27.
Strict regulations exist in Maine for issuing licenses to commercial bus drivers. The Portland Press Herald reports that drivers of charter buses “must have medical exams every two years unless they have conditions that require more frequent exams, according to the Secretary of State's Office. Drivers also must pass written and driving tests.”
Such regulations are vital for keeping bus passengers and other motorists safe in Maine, according to Bornstein. Without such regulations, Maine drivers and passengers could be unnecessarily placed at risk on the road, he said.
“People should reasonably expect that the person driving a commercial bus has undergone all the rigorous testing required by the State of Maine,” Bornstein said. “These laws were created for specific reason: to keep everyone safe. If these laws did not exist, there’s no telling who could be operating a bus carrying people on some of the busiest highways in the country, including Interstate 95 in Maine.”
The Massachusetts State Police are investigating the bus accident, according to the Portland Press Herald. Based on an initial investigation, no charges will likely be filed against Hamlin, a state police spokesman told the Portland Press Herald.
For more information about the rights of injured bus passengers or the options available to people injured in a bus accident, call (877) 294-6813 or visit http://www.joebornstein.com.
About the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
Established in 1974, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has helped more than 19,000 Mainers collect more than $200 million in settlements and benefits. This full-service, personal injury law firm has six offices in Maine: Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston and Sanford. The firm’s practice areas include auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, Social Security disability cases, medical malpractice, wrongful death and dangerous drugs. Attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for services if they win.
The main office for the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is located at 5 Moulton St., Portland, ME 04101.