Recent Sacramento Area Bus Accident Highlights Need For Seat Belts On Buses

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The recent Sacramento Area bus accident where several individuals were killed and many were injured highlights the need for seat belts on buses. A surprisingly similar accident occurred on a Greyhound bus in 2005 in almost the same area where the Greyhound bus crashed Sunday afternoon. In that case, attorneys representing injured individuals have been fighting to hold bus companies accountable for failing to install seat belts on buses.

The recent tragic bus accident in Calusa County highlights the need for seatbelts on buses. See http://www.sacbee.com/749/story/1291152.html. This is the second major bus accident to occur in Calusa County involving a bus that was not equipped with seatbelts. A surprisingly similar accident occurred in 2005 on a Greyhound bus traveling on Interstate 5 near Williams, California. In that accident the bus left the highway and rolled onto its side. The driver of the bus escaped with no injuries because he was wearing a seat belt while many passengers without seat belts were severely injured.

Attorneys with the Sacramento law firm of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, represent 8 individuals from the 2005 accident and have been fighting to hold bus companies accountable for failing to install seat belts on buses. Attorney Stuart Talley said, "For years bus companies have been lobbying Congress and the NHTSA to prevent them from enacting legislation requiring seat belts on buses. However, the evidence is clear that seatbelts save lives. The problem is that bus riders just do not have the lobbying power of large bus companies. Something needs to change."

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Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP (http://www.kcrlegal.com) represents a wide range of individuals and businesses in class actions and other complex litigation in state and federal courts across the nation. This firm is based in Sacramento, California. Contact: Stuart C. Talley (916) 448-9800.

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