There have been two major fatal
trucking accidents recently involving Disney World tour buses. The first happened in August
of 2013 when a Disney Resorts Airport bus slammed into the rear of a women's
car, killing her. The other accident happened earlier this month. As is
often the case when a major corporation is involved in an accident that
causes a wrongful death, many more questions linger than can be answered.
On December 15, 2014, a women driving a Honda CRV allegedly ran a red light
and was struck broad side by a Disney Tour bus. She died of her injuries
at the hospital only hours later. According to the Florida Highway Patrol,
29-year old Amelia Davis from Windemere, Florida, allegedly ran a red
light and into the path of the oncoming Disney Tour bus. The accident
occurred at the intersection of West Buena Vista Drive and Western Way,
on the property of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, FHP said.
None of the 25 passengers, nor the bus driver, were injured in the crash.
A third vehicle involved in the accident driven by 24-year-old Jeremy
Marcado, from Louisiana, suffered minor damage. Neither Marcado nor his
passenger were injured. Investigators at the scene were trying to determine
whether or not the red light was functioning properly, and also at what
rate of speed the bus was traveling to have caused so much damage to the vehicle.
Back in August 2013, a Disney’s Magical Express bus slammed into
the rear of a stalled automobile driven by a Disney employee. According
to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 3:30 p.m.
on Epcot Center Drive near Overpass Road. The victim, 63-year-old Solange
Blain, was taken to Celebration Health where she was pronounced dead.
One eyewitness at the scene questioned whether the bus braked at all judging
by the damage to the back of the car. "When you look at the car,
and realize that it no longer has a back half, you have to wonder if the
bus braked at all. It had to be moving at a pretty good clip at the time
of impact to do that much damage!"
Sgt. Kim Montes, a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman said that investigators
were interviewing passengers, and were trying to determine if a mechanical
problem had caused the vehicle to stop in the road. Most importantly,
investigators were trying to determine how fast the bus was going at the
time of the accident.
In both cases there are important factors to consider when evaluating not
only the cause of the
auto accidents, but also the severity of the crashes leading to the fatalities. Looking
at the photos of the cars that were struck in both accidents, one has
to also question the rate of speed that the buses were traveling irregardless
of who was at fault for the accident. Was there an attempt to stop in
either case as could be evidenced by bus tire skid marks? If so, how fast
does that indicate that the bus was traveling? Did bus driver fatigue
play a factor in their inability to avoid the car? Was the bus driver
distracted by using a cell phone? These question and more have to be answered.
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one as the result of an auto
accident involving a Disney bus or corporate vehicle, you must consider
hiring a personal injury lawyer immediately. Corporations like Disney
are required to maintain a large amount of insurance to cover sad situations
just like this. But the insurance company’s focus is to pay out
as little as possible in a wrongful death suit.
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced litigator
on your side who have successfully fought against large corporations and
their insurance agencies in the past. You need a lawyer who has your family’s
best interests in mind at all times.
Call 561-444-4440 to speak with someone now if you have a potential case
just like this one.