Two people in an SUV and eleven people aboard a Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) bus were injured after the bus swerved and struck the SUV and then a pole on St. Augustine Road. According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, of the 13 people transported to the hospital after the accident, most complained of back and neck injuries.
The bus accident in Jacksonville is still under investigation and authorities still aren’t certain what happened. One witness told News 4 in Jacksonville that it appeared the bus driver may have had a seizure or some other medical problem before losing control of the bus and rear-ending the SUV.
“The bus driver was swerving a little bit, like there was something wrong with him,” the witness stated. “He just didn’t look right when we pulled up.”
The bus driver was among those hospitalized. There is no word of the extent of the injuries to the victims, but by most accounts, the injuries were all non-life-threatening.
The accident occurred right in front of San Jose Elementary School. Two students in the SUV were not injured in the crash and reportedly walked across the street to school.
Although it is unclear whether the bus driver had a medical emergency before the crash, the law in Florida is clear: existing bus transit drivers have to have a medical examination once every two years and the employer must have a current signed medical examination for each driver on file.
If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident that you believe was caused by a driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills and other damages. A Jacksonville bus crash lawyer at Farah & Farah can take your call today at (800) 533-3555 to discuss a plan of action to pursue your legal rights. The call and the consultation are free.