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NTSB Cites Driver Fatigue in Fatal Bus Accident

SFGate.com reports that after a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has cited driver fatigue as the likely case of a fatal 2011 New York City bus accident that killed 15 people. The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation mainly focused on the driver of the motor coach – who lost control of the vehicle during travel on March 12, 2011. The bus flipped along an interstate highway – ultimately striking a sign post and shearing off the bus’s roof.

During the investigation it was revealed that the bus driver received little to no sleep in the three days prior to the accident. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that according to documents compiled by board investigators, the driver was shown to have been using his cellular phone, as well as, driving a rental car during the hours in which he reported he was asleep on his driving-hour logs.

Post accident, the driver’s bus company was shut down by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – ranking the company “unsatisfactory” in a post-accident review. The FMCSA found that the bus company maintained an accident rate of 5.7 million miles traveled. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys also learned that the driver of the motor coach had 18 driver’s license suspensions on his record prior to the fatal accident. Additionally, the bus driver’s license has been revoked five separate times from 1995 to 2003. However, after a three-year period of no violations, he received a commercial license in 2006.

Ultimately, our Illinois truck accident attorneys learned that the bus driver was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. It was revealed by the National Transportation Safety Board that the bus was traveling 78 mile per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone a minute prior to the devastating accident. As a result of the NTSB investigation, the safety board has recommended steps to limit bus speed, as well as, strengthen company oversight.

When commercial vehicle accidents resulting in personal injury or wrongful death transpire, civil litigation can often provide accident victims and their families compensation for the devastating injury or loss that have sustained as a result of another’s negligence. If you have been injured in a collision with a large truck or bus or have lost a loved at the hands of a careless driver, please contact our experienced Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to see what legal rights may be available to you.