Following a spate of headline-grabbing bus accidents in New York, Georgia and Florida, federal authorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed new rules that would increase oversight of commercial bus carriers.
Proposals Would Increase Safety, Reduce Accidents, Save Lives
The FCMSA - a federal agency supervised by the larger USDOT - has been jolted into action by a number of passenger bus accidents in recent years. There are several regulatory provisions, that are either going into effect now or that have recently been recently proposed, which are designed to keep metro transit and charter bus passengers safer. These measures include:
What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Bus Accident?
Summer is the year's busiest travel time, and this year - with gas at record high prices - should be a very profitable one for bus companies. Relatively low prices and a sense of adventure combine to make bus riding an attractive option for many travelers, especially compared with the skyrocketing costs of airline travel.
More buses on the road, however, mean a higher risk of accidents and injuries. If you are injured during a bus accident - regardless of whether the bus was owned by a private company or by a municipal provider like the New York City Transit Authority, you should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney in your area who can advise you of your options.