Government Steps Up Bus Safety Oversight: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Pleased with FMCSA Actions

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is taking steps to improve oversight of bus operators. According to a Feb. 19 news release, the governmental agency has released a three-phase action plan to strengthen its oversight of bus companies.

This comes after two fatal bus crashes in California and Oregon in which many people were injured and several died. Hopefully, these inspections will prove effective and prevent these tragic bus crashes from occurring.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a three-phase plan to improve bus safety and ensure that bus operators and drivers are acting responsibly. According to a Feb. 19 statement issued by the agency, beginning in April the Department of Transportation will target high-risk bus carriers with the help of specially trained safety investigators, law enforcement officers and safety advocates. The agency in its statement also says that it will undertake national risk assessment and outreach programs, assess safety management controls at bus companies, revise investigator training requirements and expand public outreach efforts.

The FMCSA stated that over the past seven years, motor coach inspections have nearly tripled from 12,991 in 2005 to 33,684 in 2012. In 2012, the inspections resulted in 880 motor coach drivers and 1,831 buses being placed out of service. In just one day in May 2012, the FMCSA shut down 26 bus companies, which represented three major rings of unsafe operators who "routinely ignored safety rules, cut corners and neglected passenger safety," the federal agency declared. The FMCSA has referred to the bus crashes that occurred in California and Oregon recently as having prompted their current efforts .

In addition to stepping up inspections, the FMCSA has released the SaferBus app, which is available for the Android operating system. According to the statement, this app will allow bus passengers to review a company's safety record before buying a ticket or while waiting to board a bus. The department is working to improve the app to make it available across a variety of platforms, the report said.

It is encouraging that the FMCSA is starting to pay attention to stepping up bus safety inspections, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "This comes after two fatal bus crashes in California and Oregon in which many people were injured and several died. Hopefully, these inspections will prove effective and prevent these tragic bus crashes from occurring."

Bus accident victims have legal rights, Wilhelm said. "Whether you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a bus accident, it is important that you obtain more information about preserving your rights. The actions you take immediately after the incident can determine the amount of compensation you may receive."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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