Bus driver charged with using mobile phone during fatal crash

Date: Feb 19, 2019

Since the arrival of smart phones, inattention has become more of a risk for drivers on NSW roads. Research published on Budget Direct shows that using a mobile phone whilst driving increases the risk of crashing by four times.

This act isn’t just frowned upon, law states that using a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal unless passing the phone to another person in the vehicle.

In recent weeks, a Sydney bus driver has been charged with a double-fatal crash. But what was the cause of the incident?

What was behind the two deaths?

On Monday 28 January, two men died when their motor scooter was hit by a bus in the south Sydney suburb of Kingsgrove. It’s believed the men were food delivery workers waiting to make a turn in the road when the bus collided with them. They were instantly thrown from their scooter into the path of an oncoming car. Both men died quickly after the collision.

One witness claimed he was at a friend’s house nearby when he heard a loud bang and ran outside. Images from the incident show the scooter strewn across the road with the bus windscreen shattered on the right-hand side.

The cause of the fatal incident? A mobile phone.

What happened following the collision?

The 49-year old bus driver who had 11 years experience in his profession was charged with two counts of dangerous and negligent driving causing death, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. It’s believed the scooter was stationary when the pair were struck from behind.

The bus driver appeared in court the following day where he was formally refused bail. He is due to appear in court in late March for sentencing.

The driver has stood down pending police and internal investigations. A Transit Systems’ spokeswoman told of the company’s devastation following the tragic events and extended its deepest sympathies to the men’s families. She explained that all drivers undergo regular driving training sessions to ensure everyone’s safety is maintained at all times. Thankfully, there were no passengers on board the bus at the time of the aforementioned incident.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of another’s negligent driving, you may be eligible for compensation. To see whether you have a case for damages, get in touch with the motor vehicle lawyers at Gerard Malouf & Partners to see how we can help.

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