8 Injured in Greyhound Bus Accident on CR 127 in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX -- August 8, 2022, several people were injured when a Greyhound bus and another vehicle crashed on County Road 127 in Midland County.
According to reports the incident happened Monday morning at a Pilot Truck Stop along West CR 127. Preliminary investigation suggests a Greyhound bus was turning west onto the road from the truck stop when the driver failed to yield to an approaching Nissan Frontier. The pickup and the bus collided in the roadway.
The bus driver and 6 of its 28 passengers were taken to a Midland hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries ranging from minor to serious. The Nissan driver, later identified as 25-year-old Thomas Morris, was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Greyhound Bus Accident in Midland County
Police say the bus driver failed to yield while leaving the parking lot, and some bus passengers told news sources the driver was distracted and possibly upset as the bus left the truck stop. Considering those details it probably seems to most like holding Greyhound accountable for its driver's mistake should be a pretty simple matter, but it may be more complex to get answers and help for the victims than people realize. That the crash involved a commercial bus might make things far more complex, in large part because of the interests involved.
People who've never been hurt by a commercial vehicle, lucky as they are, probably don't realize the battles that await those who are. Commercial entities are infamously reluctant to help victims and families after a crash if they can avoid it. Beyond that, Greyhound-size passenger buses are required by federal statute to have at least $5 million in liability coverage. That means whatever insurance company is behind that bus also has a lot on the line. There are plenty of running gags about insurance firms doing all kinds of gymnastics to avoid honoring a policy, but those jokes are at least partly grounded in reality. The bus's insurers will have teams of professionals doing whatever they can to minimize or entirely avoid blame.
Without extensive evidence and proper legal maneuvering, victims of a bus crash like the one in Midland can easily find themselves at a significant disadvantage--particularly if they assume things are so straightforward they don't need to take any steps on their own. That's why it's crucial to ensure professionals look into a crash like this and get clear proof of exactly what happened. Otherwise, the obstacles between the victims and the help they need could prove too steep to overcome.