According to the FMCSA, Megabus has a "satisfactory" safety record.
Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) September 30, 2010
Bottar Leone, PLLC, a Syracuse New York based law firm with a trial practice limited to serious injuries, disabilities and death arising out of negligence and malpractice, report on Megabus' Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) record.
"Megabus' safety record has been under a magnifying glass since the September 11, 2010 New York Megabus crash," said Syracuse personal injury lawyer Michael A. Bottar.
According to data available on the U.S. DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, which provides information to the public about bus and commercial vehicle safety information, nine (9) Megabus vehicles have been involved in "state reported crashes" over the past 27 months, including incidents on May 29, 2010 (NY), March 7, 2010 (IL), February 23, 2010 (IL), December 20, 2009 (NY), December 10, 2009 (NY), December 7, 2009 (IL), November 2, 2009 (MD), November 2, 2008 (MN) and June 28, 2008 (WI). According to the FMCSA website, five of the incidents involved injuries and one involved a fatality.
Also, according to FMCSA "driver SEA history" data, several Megabus drivers have been cited over the past 30 months for moving violations. On August 27, 2010, the last FMCSA SafeState run date, forty-three (43) moving violations were reported. Thirty-five (35) moving violations were reported on March 26, 2010, twenty-nine (29) moving violations were reported on September 25, 2009, ten (10) moving violations were reported on March 27, 2009, five (5) moving violations reported on September 26, 2008, and three (3) moving violations reported on March 28, 2008.
The FMCSA issued Megabus a "satisfactory" safety rating in May of 2009. "Even so," Bottar added, "our Firm's representation of those injured in the Syracuse bus accident will include further analysis of this data to determine if Megabus was a safe bus line. Satisfactory might not be good enough." The FMCSA is an agency that was established by the United States Department of Transportation in 2000 in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. As part of its charge, the FMCSA develops, maintains and enforces the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which govern safe operating requirements for commercial vehicle drivers, carriers, vehicles and vehicle equipment.
According to Syracuse New York wrongful death lawyer Anthony S. Bottar, "our investigation continues into why the 13' tall Toronto-bound double-decker bus was on Onondaga Lake Parkway at 2:30 a.m., and how it crashed into a 10'9" tall train bridge that was marked by reflective panels and flashing lights."
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