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FMCSA: Preventing Bus Accident Fatalities and Injuries

In news reports of bus accidents, a frequently cited cause for the crash is the poor mechanical condition of the bus involved. Charged with the monitoring of interstate bus carriers is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It’s primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration evaluates bus carriers in many areas of company operations and will suspend operations when deemed necessary. A company may apply for a resumption of operations when they feel that they have corrected the violations that got them suspended in the first place. The agency, which is conducting a nationwide crackdown on high-risk companies, has shut down 35 carriers since the beginning of the year.

Two Bus carriers that were shut down by FMCSA are trying to get back on the road

Two popular New York bus services hope to be operating again later this year, when they prove compliance with safety regulations imposed on them by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Upon meeting all the requirements to bring their vehicles, employees, and safety management practices up to federal standards, the government will allow them to start carrying passengers again.

One company lost its license for not properly maintaining its buses and failing to monitor drivers’ hours and drug and alcohol tests. The carrier’s buses broke down more than 80 times in its last year of operation, and inspections turned up violations for bad brakes and rotted floors. The bus carrier has sold off 10 of its oldest buses and hired a full-time safety manager, according to an attorney spokesman.

Another competing company’s operating authority was revoked after inspectors found cracks in the frames of many of its buses and the company refused to turn over its safety records. A compliance review by federal officials turned up other violations, including falsifying maintenance records and operating buses that had been ordered out of service.

Bus accident victims are advised to retain the services of an experienced California bus accident attorney. When you need the services of a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles please contact us at (323) 947-2224 or visit the Personal Injury section on our website at the DAG Law Firm. Call today and we will connect you with Daniel A. Gibalevich, an experienced, aggressive, affordable Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles. After you have spoken with our Los Angeles Personal Injury Law attorney, we can schedule you a free face to face appointment to discuss your circumstances. If you have questions or are considering any aspect of Personal Injury Law, we can help! Call us now at(323) 947-2224. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your tour bus accident case.

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