Friday, 16 of November of 2018

Charter Bus Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Death Of NC Man

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Wrongful Death Attorney

What Happened:

Virginia State Police have announced that they are investigating a charter bus crash in Capron, VA that left a North Carolina man dead and the bus driver facing criminal charges. The accident happened just after 7 a.m. on Route 58 near Route 652. The charter bus was heading to Hampton, VA from Chapel Hill, NC with a group of students and chaperones. Police say the bus driver lost control and ran off the right side of the road, eventually overturning the bus in a ditch.

At the time of the accident the bus was carrying eight passengers along with the hired driver. Two of the passengers were thrown from the bus as it overturned, one of whom later died. The man who died, Emmanuel Watson, was from Chapel Hill and was serving as a chaperone on the trip.

The bus had been hired to carry a group of students to visit Hampton University during an Open House presentation. Six of the passengers were taken to nearby Southampton Memorial Hospital for treatment of their relatively minor injuries. Another passenger who was thrown from the bus had to be airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital given the severity of that person’s injuries.

Police have announced that they are charging the 62-year-old driver, Larry Brocks, with reckless driving. The bus was owned and operated by a Washington-based company, Horizon Coach Lines. Police say the investigation into the exact cause of the deadly crash is ongoing.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Accidents involving commercial buses are sadly not rare events. In fact, as the popularity of bus services such as Megabus and others have exploded, so have the numbers of serious commercial bus accidents. These accidents frequently turn deadly given the large number of passengers onboard and the general lack of safety features on the buses. Charter buses and other commercial transportation operations rarely if ever have things like airbags or seatbelts, features that are standard on even the most basic passenger cars. Passengers are thus left unprotected and vulnerable in the event of a crash, leading to severe injuries and even death.

Potentially Helpful Information:

Mass transit or bus accidents are very different than a common fender bender.  The investigations can be much more time intensive and fighting with a commercial bus operator over damages is often a lengthier process than handling an accident between two individuals. Many of these bus companies, such as the one in the accident above, cross state lines all of which make recovering restitution much harder without the help of an experienced Virginia (VA) bus accident injury lawyer.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a Virginia accident you likely don’t know where to turn for advice. The following answers to common frequently asked questions can help provide some basic information about why it’s important to obtain legal counsel after suffering an unexpected accident.

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About the Editors: The lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have decades of experience handling wrongful death claims in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC). Check out our case results to see our track record of success. Our wrongful death law firm has offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA, and in Elizabeth City, NC. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To learn more about wrongful death law, take a look at this free consumer report written by one of the firm’s experienced wrongful death attorneys.