After a six-month comprehensive study, the National Transportation and Safety Board has just released a safety report which provides unsettling safety statistics for a common type of commercial vehicle, curbside buses. AllHeadLineNews.com reports that the National Transportation and Safety Board reviewed obtained data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from January 2005 to March 2011. The study ultimately revealed that curbside buses are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than other conventional carriers. Additionally, it was found that there are 1.4 deadly accidents, per 100 vehicles for curbside buses that have fewer than 10 carriers or that have been in business less than a decade.
According to the safety report published last week, curbside buses are also substantially more likely to be out-of-service for driver violations, such as fatigued driving and fitness violations. The article states that many of these safety violations are not revealed on a consistent basis due to the fact that many curbside buses are excluded from regular inspections that are conducted during vehicle operating. A contributing factor in the lack of safety inspections has been due in part to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s lack of inspectors and enforcers. The agency has only 878 employees reviewing compliance of over 765,000 buses … which makes an unfortunate ratio of 1 worker to 1,000 carriers.
The review was conducted by the National Transportation and Safety Board as a result of numerous fatal commercial vehicle accidents around the nation earlier this year. One bus accident that transpired earlier in March resulted in the deaths of over 15 passengers. Within the same month, two other additional crashes occurred and caused one of the commercial vehicle carriers to be placed out of service by the United States Department of Transportation. In response to the accident rate, the National Transportation and Safety Board has issued a number of safety recommendations, such as installing seat belts and improving emergency exits, with the hopes that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will implement these recommendations.
In the past year, the commercial vehicle accident rate has been skyrocketing. Our Chicago semi truck accident attorneys urge legislators to readily construct and enforce safety laws in order to make our roadways a safer place to travel – whether for curbside buses, semi tractor-trailers or passenger vehicles. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact an Illinois truck accident lawyer to see what legal rights may be available to you.