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Bus Accident Claims the Lives of 6 Innocent Victims

Another accident involving a commercial bus takes the lives of six people and injures many more. The wreck occurred shortly after 2am this morning on Highway 99 in Fresno, California. Of the 47 passengers on board, about 30 were injured and 6 died, including the bus driver.

This tragedy brings to light several previous accidents involving Greyhound buses where individuals died or were severely injured as a result of its failure to equip its buses with seat belts. Although the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been recommending the installation of seat belts on buses since the 1960s, companies like Greyhound have simply refused to act. Some important facts about seat belts on buses:

  • Over the past 30 years the NTSB has issued multiple recommendations that buses be equipped with passenger seat belts.
  • Since the early 90s, seat belts have been required on all buses operating in Europe and Australia and have saved countless lives.
  • Of the 60 serious bus accidents investigated by the NTSB over the past 30 years, 11 involved Greyhound buses. In those accidents, 47 people died and more than 250 were injured. Despite this, Greyhound did nothing to research or examine the issue of whether seat belts should be installed on its buses.
  • Although the technology available to equip buses with seat belts has been available since the early 90s., Greyhound waited until 2008 to request that its buses be equipped with seat belts. Six months later, it began receiving buses with seat belts. However, only new buses will have seat belts and none of its older buses are being retrofitted.
  • The extra cost to Greyhound of purchasing buses with seat belts is only $20,000 per bus. It only cost $30,000 to retrofit existing buses with seat belts.
  • Despite these minor costs, Greyhound has refused to retrofit its buses.

Kershaw, Cutter & Talley believes the simple use of seat belts would prevent unnecessary injury and death in accidents such as these. KCR partner and personal injury attorney, Stuart Talley, has been fighting for buses to install seat belts since 2005, when he represented 8 individuals who were injured in another Greyhound bus accident near Williams, California. The firm has a blog located at http://kcrlegal.wordpress.com where readers can voice their support for seat belt requirements on buses.

“It’s common sense. Everybody knows that seat belts save lives,” says Talley.

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Kershaw, Cutter & Talley represents injured individuals and small businesses throughout the nation. Located in Sacramento, California, the law firm obtains exceptional results in a range of cases, including serious personal injuries, auto accidents, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, class action lawsuits, wage and hour claims, dangerous drugs, consumer fraud and more.

If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Stuart Talley, please contact Taryn Smith at 916.448.9800 or 888.285.3333.

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