Just days after 14 people were killed and 18 injured in a New York bus accident, a New Jersey bus accident has killed two and injured 42 others. Among the dead in the New Jersey bus accident is the bus driver who was thrown through the front window.
In the New Jersey bus accident, the driver lost control of the bus and struck a guard rail and concrete embankment. The accident took place on Monday night on the New Jersey turnpike as the bus was traveling from New York’s Chinatown to Philadelphia. Some passengers reported that they heard a loud “bang” prior to the accident which may indicate there was a tire blowout.
New York City police are responding to the two deadly bus accidents by stepping up inspection of discount tour buses. So far, six tour buses have been removed from service due to problems including missing driver paperwork, inadequate brake air pressure and steering violations.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating both accidents. In the New York accident, the bus driver claimed that his bus was clipped by a hit-and-run truck driver. However, witnesses claimed that the driver was both speeding and dozing prior to the accident. It has also been learned that the bus driver had a criminal record with convictions for manslaughter, grand larceny and driving without a license. In this case, he did have a valid license.
In recent years, while commercial trucking accidents have declined, the number of bus accident increased between 2004 and 2008.
These horrific bus accidents which have left 16 people dead and 60 injured need to be thoroughly investigated. Bus tour companies need to be held responsible for the drivers they hire and their safety records.
This information is provided by Washington injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent bus accident victims and their families with their civil and wrongful death claims.
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