May 9, 2013
A New Jersey Auto Accident involving a commercial bus that occurred recently was responsible for leaving fourteen people injured. Reports indicate that a blown tire on the bus was responsible for causing the accident.
According to NBC-10 Philadelphia, the crash happened on Saturday, April 20, in the northbound lanes of I-295 in Mercer County. A spokesman for the State Police, Lt. Steven Jones, explained the bus was traveling from Philadelphia to New York when a tire on the vehicle suddenly blew out. The loss of pressure caused the bus to slam through a guardrail and roll down an embankment before coming to rest.
The accident comes after a crackdown on safety among commercial bus companies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Several months ago, the FMCSA was responsible for shutting three bus companies down due to safety violations, including a lack of vehicle maintenance, which the agency deemed as a “high risk” to passengers.
These dangers have left many wondering what they can do to stay safe when riding a bus.
The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers with Lundy Law explain that ensuring the buses an individual chooses to patronize are equipped with seatbelts is one of the best ways to help prevent an injury in the event of an accident. Researching a bus company’s safety record can also provide vital information when selecting which bus company to use.