• Dangerous Bus Companies Under Scrutiny
  • June 19, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • According to a report from KRISTV in Corpus Christi, Texas, federal regulatory agencies are cracking down on dangerous bus operators. In total, 26 operators were shut down during May of 2012. Following the discovery of several different violations, including drivers who were not driving on valid licenses and drivers who were not properly drug tested, federal authorities opted to shut down the agencies altogether.

    According to the report, 233 bus routes were affected by the shutdowns. Most of these bus routes either started or ended in the Chinatown district of New York City. The report goes on to say that this was the largest crackdown on the bus industry in at least 10 years.

    In addition to shutting down the bus operations themselves, 10 people were ordered to cease all involvement in the passenger transportation industry. With this order, they are not even eligible to sell bus tickets.

    Long Investigation

    The investigation that led to the shutdown of these companies has been going on for a year. The report states that it concentrated on three companies in particular, based in New York and Philadelphia. There were five companies shut down in total, the other two being affiliated with the three principal companies being investigated.

    Bus Safety

    Bus drivers are required, just as are semi-truck drivers, to go through extensive training, have the proper licensing and to be given adequate break time so that they can recharge and be ready to hit the road again. Companies that fail to live up to these safety considerations oftentimes end up injuring or killing passengers and endangering their own employees. One of the companies shut down in the investigation was implicated in a serious accident in New York City.

    While most people don't think of it, bus transportation is actually just as widely used as is airline transportation. According to the article, in excess of 700 million passengers take one of the commercial bus lines every year.

    If you are injured by a motorcoach carrier that failed to live up to safety standards or that was employing a driver that failed to live up to them, you should contact an attorney. These companies can be sued and, if you end up in a situation where you are looking at expensive medical bills, property loss and other issues, an attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for the damages that you have suffered and that you might endure in the future.