Posted On: May 7, 2010 by Ken Shigley

Greyhound bus runs off I-16 into ditch

Buses are not supposed to run off the road into a ditch. You don't have to be a truck and bus accident trial attorney, in Georgia or elsewhere, to know that.

Early this morning, a Greyhound bus ran off I-16 in southeast Georgia, westbound about halfway between Macon and Savannah. The driver ran into a ditch and then came back on the roadway, according to law enforcement reports. The driver stopped on the shoulder. Five minor injuries were reported.

The drive up I-16 between Savannah and Macon can be boring. I drive that route often, but have yet to run off the road though there have been times I pulled off at an exit for a power nap. Investigation is likely to focus on driver fatigue and driver distraction as likely causes of the incident.

Ken Shigley is a truck and bus safety trial attorney representing seriously injured people and families of people killed in bus, tractor trailer, big rig, semi, intermodal container freight, log truck, cement truck, dump truck, log truck and bus accidents statewide in Georgia.

Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in interstate trucking collision cases, and in the past two years has spoken at national interstate trucking litigation seminars in Chicago (trucking insurance), New Orleans (trial tactics and side underride issues), St. Louis (punitive damages), San Francisco (dealing with insolvent trucking companies), Atlanta (trucking insurance, closing argument), Nashville (use of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations), and Amelia Island (overview of trucking litigation).

Mr. Shigley served as chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Litigation Institute and is a national board member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. He is currently Treasurer of the 41,000 member State Bar of Georgia, of which he will become President-Elect on 6/19/10 and President in on 6/4/11. This blog expresses only personal views of Mr. Shigley, and nothing in it should be construed as expressing any opinion on behalf of any organization of which Mr. Shigley is a member or officer.

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If you drive at a steady speed with no stops, no music, no radio, no talking on the phone, no talking to any other passenger in the car and leave on this trip in the middle of the night after standing around in a public bus station for a couple of hours you are going to be tired and sleepy.

It is not "driver fatigue" normally that causes accidents, it is driver boredom. I used to drive Trailways in Atlanta and Marta and many other buses, now I drive entertainer coaches. I have xmradio, with tweeters and a sub-woofer. I have CB radio. I have an MP3 player and that is what makes me a safe driver. I have blue tooth telephone for hands free conversations during the boring night on lonely smooth roads. I have GPS. with weather and maps.

Do I talk on the phone at all in traffic, no. Do I ever text message - absolutely not. Do I listen to talk radio and podcasts all night, yes.

I don't smoke - my passengers don't speak to me while I am driving, but I do have my entertainment to keep me going and awake while I am driving.

The USA should follow the Mexican Laws - they have 9 times as many buses as the USA, on worse roads.

Their buses are governed at 65 mph, the speed limit through out mexico is 62 mph for buses. All buses have nice radios for the driver. The drivers are partitioned off from the people like on an airplane. Most buses in Mexico have two drivers on board, to relieve each other. Drivers over 65 years old can't drive buses commercially.
Many bus accidents in the USA are by drivers over 70 years old at night, they were retired for 10 years got bored and think they can drive a bus at night out west in bad conditions full of people around mountains and curves. They can't. Young people don't drive buses or trucks anymore, average age for bus drivers and truck drivers is over 50, go to a truck stop - you will be shocked.

Practice bus driving - sit in front of a very boring golf show, turn off the sound - sit there for 3 hours without talking on the phone, or getting up, or using the restroom and you can't look away from the screen for over 2 seconds - if you nod off for over 2 seconds you lose your job, everything you own, and maybe your life....

Wayne - Bus Driver

So sad man.

One think I also wish to share online here is that
According to me The main think that must be kept in mind while driving the lifted van is -----It's HEIGHT.
I have seen in my life and also read lots of blogs about accidents of lifted vans happened just because of ignorance or we can say confusion about height of lifted van by their drivers.
Most of times such blogs make me remember that 2 heart cracking accidents I have seen in my life , which I can't forgot throughout my life.

So I request all of lifted vans drivers from here that please drive very carefully your lifted vans by keep in mind height of van and material in it and enjoy the world-class driving.
Thanks for giving me chance to share my feeling.