November 26, 2018 | lmsXpect3 On the morning of October 17th, a charter bus carrying at least 40 Maryland high school students suffered a fatality in a deadly collision outside of Baltimore. According to information provided by local law enforcement officers, this charter bus was one of a group of three buses carrying students from local Catholic high schools. The students who were on the bus involved in the wreck were from St. Vincent Pallotti High School, located Laurel, MD. The buses were on their way to a retreat in rural Carroll County. At approximately 11:00 AM, the charter bus stalled in the middle of an intersection while attempting to make a left turn onto Falls Road in Baltimore County. At the same time a Nissan Infiniti collided with the rear of the stalled bus. Tragically, the driver of the car, now identified as 19-year-old Joel William Drawbaugh, died in the wreck. The specific cause of the accident , including why the bus became stalled , is now under investigation by state and federal transportation safety officials. At least seven students on the bus went to a local medical center with injuries. Officials from the high school noted that many of the students, who were on the bus at the time of the fatal crash, were severely shaken by the incident. The Maryland personal injury lawyers at the Jaklitsch Law Group noted that “Commercial buses are defined as common carriers under Maryland law. As a general rule, common carriers adhere to the highest standard of care. They must ensure that they are operating with the utmost level of safety at all times. Not only do bus companies have an obligation to protect the safety of their passengers; they must also look out for the safety of everyone else who is on the road.” Unfortunately, bus accidents remain far too common. According to the most recent data provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 35,000 accident victims, while 264 people died in bus accidents in the year 2016 alone. Contact us for help in your Personal Injury Case.