Feds Cracking Down on High-Risk Bus Companies

by Carmen Dellutri on March 12, 2013

Naples accident attorneyFederal regulators have announced a targeted safety crackdown using specially trained investigator teams that will focus on high-risk motorcoach companies. As Port Charlotte injury attorneys, we welcome these efforts to improve commercial bus safety, particularly the wake of the recent deadly bus accidents in California and Oregon.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), inspectors and auditors will undergo specialized training aimed at investigating key areas of operations at high-risk bus companies, including operating schedules, equipment storage, and driver qualifications (including evaluating the impact of part-time drivers who may work for more than one bus operator).

"Our fundamental goal is to ensure the safety of passengers on our roadways and save lives," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We've seen the tragic consequences when motorcoach companies cut corners and do not make safety a top priority. With this goal at the top of our priorities, we can continue to raise the safety bar for the entire industry."

Law enforcement is also being asked to pitch in to improve bus safety. State and local police will step up enforcement of traffic laws against motorcoach drivers who commit serious traffic offenses, such as speeding, following too closely, texting, using a handheld cell phone, impaired driving, and unsafe lane changing.

Passengers can also do their part as well. Travelers planning a bus trip are encouraged use FMCSA's passenger carrier safety checklist. In addition, the agency urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA's consumer complaint Web site.

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 Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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