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Bus driver faces is arrested on two charges following bus crash

When driving a motor vehicle, motorists in Virginia and elsewhere are required to follow the rules of the road while operating a vehicle. For commercial drivers operating a truck or a bus, these drivers are set to a higher standard, especially if they are transporting passengers in the massive vehicle. Failing to meet these standards does not only cause civil liabilities but could impose criminal penalties on the driver.

According to recent reports, a bus driver from Georgia faces two criminal charges following a crash in southwest Virginia. Based on police reports, the bus was traveling from West Georgia Technical College on northbound I-81 in Pulaski. An accident occurred when the bus drifted into the right lane. This resulted in the bus side-swiping a tractor-trailer, causing the bus then to run off the left side of the road.

The 59-year-old bus driver supposedly overcorrected, causing the bus to run off the road a second time before traveling down an embankment and overturning. Police indicated that 13 passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash, all being transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. The driver was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and for possession of marijuana. Police are also investigating whether fatigue was a factor in the crash. The driver was arrested as investigation continues.

Those facing criminal charges that stem from their line of work can be a serious situation. This not only presents criminal issues but also problems regarding his or her professional and personal reputation. Therefore, it can be vital to establish a criminal defense immediately, as this can be the best way to protect your rights and interests.

Source: Walb.com, "GA man faces 2 drug charges after flipping bus in VA," David Hylton, March 2, 2019

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