Doug / 06-08-2011 / Auto Accidents

Safety Officials Could Have Prevented Tragic I-95 Bus Crash

According to Injury Board, the tragic bus accident on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia caused the death of four women and left a dozen of passengers injured. Orlando injury lawyer advises that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has issued an out-of-service order for Sky Express, the bus that flipped onto its roof and killed four passengers. The order means that the bus line is currently prohibited from further interstate transportation services. The driver of the bus has been charged with reckless driving.

Sky Express has a questionable safety record. Since 2009, Sky Express has been cited for 46 violations for driver fatigue and its buses have been involved in 4 bus crashes in the last two years. Sky Express drivers have been cited for 17 unsafe driving violations since 2009, eight of the citations were speeding related, and speeding may have contributed to the tragic bus crash on I-95.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has had a chance to shut down Sky Express on May 28, following an unsatisfactory rating for the bus company on April 12. Instead, the Administration chose to issue a 10-day extension. Orlando personal injury lawyer advises that had the Administration shut down Sky Express, the tragic bus crash accident could have been prevented altogether. Secretary Ray LaHood placed an immediate stop on extensions.

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