California Crash Renews Concerns About Tour Bus Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on February 22, 2013

Naples accident attorneyThe tragic California bus crash that killed eight people and injured several others has renewed concerns about tour bus safety. According U.S. Department of Transportation safety records, the company had a bad safety record prior to the crash.

As Cape Coral injury lawyers, we are concerned about the number of unsafe buses on our roadways. In this case, the company’s buses had been cited for bald tires, defective or missing axle parts, and insufficient brake linings over the last two years. According to the Los Angeles Times, Scapadas Magicas of National City received a total of 59 maintenance violations and was placed on a DOT watch list for further inspections.

Although the crash is still under investigation, passengers have reported that the bus was experiencing mechanical problems shortly before the crash. The bus clipped one vehicle before careening into oncoming traffic. The bus then began to roll, ultimately landing on a boulder on the side of the highway.

Given the risks, we urge our readers to investigate any tour bus company before getting on board. Below is some of the safety information you should be sure to verify:

  • Safety Performance History: Check the bus company’s safety performance results.
  • Safety Rating: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rates bus companies’ safety performance. The top rating is satisfactory. Bus companies with a conditional safety rating may pose a higher risk, and companies with a final unsatisfactory safety rating should not be operating.
  • Operating Authority and Insurance Requirements: Bus companies charging a fee to provide interstate transportation must obtain operating authority from FMCSA. If the company operates a bus that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, it must have a minimum of $5 million in insurance coverage.

To make this information easier to find, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also recently launched a SaferBus mobile application, which provide 24/7 access to important bus safety information. For instance, the app alerts consumers to illegal interstate bus companies that should not be operating and provides access to up to 24 months of a bus company’s safety performance data.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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