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NY Sting Operation Aimed at Rogue Bus Companies Reveals Scope of Tour Bus Problem

April 04, 2011

In the wake of two fatal bus accidents in New York, the city has launched a sting aimed at rogue bus companies. New York suffered two fatal tour bus crashes in a matter of only a couple of days, one of which tragically resulted in fifteen deaths.

The investigation follows revelations that the driver of the bus accident which caused 15 deaths had used false names to obtain a commercial driver’s license despite the fact that the bus driver’s license should have been suspended. This serious accident along with similar bus accidents in other states has lead to an outcry for increased regulation and supervision of private bus companies that are subject to lax supervision and regulation. The current crackdown by NY authorities is likely an indication of future actions in many major metros like Atlanta.

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The authorities pulled over 14 tour buses as part of their sting operation, and every bus pulled over was ordered off the road for violations involving the bus driver or bus safety issues. There were nine “major issues” reported involving the drivers, including failure to keep driver logbooks current. The driver logbook provides a record of the amount of hours that a bus driver is on the road, as well as tracking rest and sleep patterns to prevent fatigue-based bus accidents. On top of the nine major issues involving drivers, the sweep also revealed 40 minor safety violations involving bus safety with another 10 major violations. This sweep reveals widespread disregard for safety and maintenance issues involving private bus companies. The authorities were not revealing details regarding upcoming enforcement and safety sweeps because the sting operation is ongoing.

When a bus is involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle, truck, SUV or pedestrian, the sheer size of the bus can mean horrific accidents. A bus rollover accident can result in massive carnage and high fatality rates. By law, bus companies are generally held to a high standard of care as a “common carrier,” because passengers literally place their safety in the hands of bus companies and their bus drivers. The results of this recent sweep reveals serious safety issues with private bus charters and tour buses that often disregard this heightened duty of care to protect patrons and others on the road. Private tour buses and bus charters are common in Atlanta, so this accident could easily have happened in our own city. Hopefully, Atlanta authorities will follow suit and take this recent tragedy as a wakeup call to a problem that has been ignored for far too long.

The experienced Georgia tour bus accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing Georgia residents who suffer serious injury or wrongful death in Atlanta motor vehicle accidents for over a quarter of a century. We zealously pursue compensation for our clients and remain firmly committed to obtaining the best possible results. No matter where you are in Georgia, our Atlanta bus accident law firm will help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

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