Many motor coach accident fatalities could have been avoided, if the passengers
were able to be properly seat belted. Half of the bus accident deaths
are a result of rollovers and 70% of those killed were actually ejected
from the bus.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been petitioning for years
to implement a type of safety device in buses, such as seat belts that
could be used for tours, inter city passenger services and charters.
There have been many bus accidents that have resulted in a large death
toll. Some of these accidents involved members of a high school girl's
soccer team, skiers in Utah, Vietnamese churchgoers in Texas, college
basketball players, and gamblers returning to New York's Chinatown.
The board has also recommended other safety requirements, such as, stronger
windows that won't pop out during a crash. This would help prevent
passengers from being ejected from the bus. Another suggestion is roofs
that withstand crushing.
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor we know
commercial vehicle litigation, in fact, Joseph O'Connor is a member of the Association of Plaintiff
Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.