Hoover Dam Bus Accident – Improving Safety

March 30th, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Accidents which cause injury and death are always tragic. The question which most people ask afterward is whether the accident could have been avoided in the first instance. While the NHTSA is still investigation the cause of this accident, many bus safety manufacturers, bus injury lawyers, and other pundits are already discussing problems surrounding the tour bus industry. There are literally thousands of small tour bus operators around the country. They run airport shuttles, vacation tours, classic shuttle services, hotel transportation, and a host of other related activities. Passengers crowd in these small buses, often without the benefit of seatbelts or other safety devices.

There are a number of factors which make these vans especially hazardous. The first is that they have large windows along the passenger sides. This means that any accident which dislodges the windows will likely create a portal. Because the passenger compartment is so large, there is a lot more room to be thrown around. The seats are not secured like they are in cars, and the seat backs tend to be less sturdy.

The premise for bus design is that they are such large vehicles, they are less likely to be the subject of a severe accident. However, anyone who has ridden in a tour bus knows that the drivers are often so experienced, that they take risks other people would not. The Arizona bus crash killed seven Chinese nationals appears at this point to be a combination of driver error and the defective conditions in the bus itself. Those conditions might include the window opening, the lack of seatbelts, and an early suggestion that the door of the bus might have come ajar prior to the driver losing control. Without question, any legal cases filed on behalf of the bus crash victims will be a combination of negligence and product defect claims. The litigation will be complex and expensive. Hiring a competent attorney with experience in vehicle defect claims will be important.

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