Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 02, 2013
According to the Wall Street Journal, Massachusetts state inspectors say that they have found serious safety problems with buses, labeling a number of them as being an “imminent hazard”. The company responsible for the buses in question has previously received fines for violating federal safety regulations in 2006, which led to more than a dozen injuries.
Nine Fung Wah Bus vehicles were inspected and eight of them were found to have serious safety issues, including cracks within their frames. Ann Berwick, Department of Public Utilities Chairwoman, said that the state has negotiated an agreement with Fung Wah Bus to remove all 21 of their older vehicles from the road, but there are still six in operation.
“We have asked the Federal Department of Transportation to declare an imminent hazard which would effectively shut down the company until it could operate safely,” Berwick said.
Safety issues discovered by inspectors include frame cracks at the cross member for the motor mounts, drive axle, and front steering axle. Berwick has contacted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in an effort to pursue an “Imminent Hazard Order”.
Safety concerns regarding Fung Wah Bus vehicles have been an issue in the past. In 2005, a bus on the way to New York caught fire and became engulfed in flames. In 2006, they were fined more than $30,000 for violating federal safety regulations.
Tom Kiley Sr., Partner at Kiley Law Group, LLC, has represented countless auto accident victims and feels that Fung Wah Bus is not only putting their clientele at risk, but also putting themselves in a position to potentially lose millions of dollars.
“Transportation companies have a responsibility to provide their customers with relatively safe travel. Having been reprimanded and fined for security issues in the past, there is no excuse for Fung Wah Bus to continue to put people in harm’s way. There have been multiple incidences informing them of their vehicles’ dangerous potential. If anything horrible were to happen to people while utilizing one of these buses, they would have the ability to pursue a personal injury claim against Fung Wah Bus. Depending on the injuries sustained, victims could potentially obtain millions of dollars in damages.”
“If the protection of passengers is not enough for these companies to provide safe transport, hopefully the financial incentive will have a greater impact,” said Attorney Kiley.
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