- July 4, 2012
- Vehicle Accidents
The Quest nightclub in Birmingham is a private club where people go to hear DJ played music, participate in karaoke, dance, and see live performances as well. Unfortunately for club attendees, their night of fun ended early when a passenger bus crashed into the club on the evening of July 2.
Birmingham police and fire responded to a call at about 8:30 p.m. on July 2 to the Quest nightclub when a passenger bus crashed into the club. According to Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief Eddie Coar, the passenger bus crashed into the club after colliding with a car at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 24th Street South. One person was treated at the sight of the crash, and the driver of the car was taken to UAB Hospital. Although there were people in the club at the time of the crash, no one inside the club was injured in the accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), tracks the accident, breakdown, and other safety-related information on commercial vehicles, which includes passenger buses, in the United States each year. The accident statistics posted by FMCSA in recent years, show a decrease in bus accidents in the last two decades.
The total number of injuries suffered in bus accidents has decreased from 30,000 in 1988, to 24,000 in 2008. FMCSA statistics also show that the rate of accidents decreased, as well, in that buses now travel more miles with fewer accidents than they did in the past. In 1988, for every 100 million miles buses traveled, 556 people were injured. By contrast in 2008, only 343 people were injured per 100 million miles traveled.
Although this data does show the decrease in bus accidents and injuries, as we can see by the above accident, people are still injured in bus accidents in this country every year. If you are injured in a bus accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help simplify the legal process and fight for your rights.