Durham, NC (May 21, 2021) – Further details have been released after a fatal bus accident left one woman dead on Thursday afternoon, May 20.
Durham police are still investigating the fatal crash, which happened when a bus driver hit a woman on the sidewalk at the station around 12:30 p.m. The bus station is located at 515 West Pettigrew Street.
Officers say that the GoDurham bus was pulling into Gate A when it jumped a curb and struck 56-year-old Lawanda Gail Rigsbee, who was standing on the sidewalk. She was taken to the hospital via ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the bus was also taken to an area medical center. for treatment of serious injuries.
Witnesses, as well as passengers inside the bus, say that the driver appeared to suffer a medical emergency causing convulsions and let her foot off the brake. Officials have not confirmed the cause of the incident and say they are still reviewing evidence from the scene.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Lawanda Gail Rigsbee.
Bus Accidents in North Carolina
Buses are some of the largest vehicles on our roads that are capable of causing severe damages to other vehicles on our roads. Buses are known as ‘common carriers,’ which means that they are meant to take passengers from point A to point B. This also means that bus drivers are supposed to be some of the safest drivers on our roads. These accidents occur in the blink of an eye and cause severe harm to those involved. If you have been hurt in an accident or lost a loved one as a result of one of these serious crashes, you should seek the help of an attorney who has your best interests in mind.
The aftermath of a North Carolina bus accident might be one of the most challenging things that you and your family have ever endured. Some of the most severe injuries that result from bus accidents include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, and more. Oftentimes, victims succumb to their injuries in the aftermath of a bus collision. For these reasons and more, you should be prepared to speak with a dedicated North Carolina personal injury attorney who can help you with your claim every step of the way.
Our North Carolina accident attorneys at Ricci Law Firm, PA are here for you after you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a bus crash due to another party’s negligence. We believe that you have many options for recovery as you hold another party liable for the harm that they have caused you. We will help you work toward justice and compensation to cover a wide array of aspects. Please do not hesitate to contact an accident attorney in North Carolina at (252) 777-2222 to find out how we can assist you.
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