For many years now, the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations for bus safety have been ignored with very little action taken by the Department of Transportation or Congress. And just when the federal government is about to start hearings on bus safety, we have a local reminder of the dangers inherent in Atlanta bus accidents.
Earlier this week, 13 passengers were injured when a MARTA bus was hit head on by a vehicle that veered into the wrong lane. The bus was turning into the Indian Creek MARTA station and had been traveling on route 119. As the bus prepared to turn into the station, it was hit. The driver of the car has been charged and the bus driver is said to have no fault in this incident.
The larger concern about bus safety is demonstrated by this MARTA accident. All the passengers that were injured were in the bus, including a three-year old girl who was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Other injured passengers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
The national bus safety issues are looming after so many passengers have been killed or injured across the country. We regularly read about Georgia bus accident deaths and injuries. Just last fall, the Atlanta Injury Attorneys Blog posted on a tragic accident in which one student was killed and ten other were injured after a bus overturned between on Highway 113. As is often the case in bus accident deaths, the passenger who died had been ejected from the bus.
This spring the NTSB will hold hearings on the safety recommendations that have been in place for over a decade. These include seat belts in buses, safer windows, stronger roofs, recorders to track the time a driver has been driving to avoid fatigue, as well as better driver instruction and licensing controls.
The United States Department of Transportation has taken some small steps for bus safety and drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. As the economy struggles and many are trading in their cars for public transportation the Atlanta Injury Attorneys Blog urges that bus safety be taken seriously and that governmental entities responsible for passenger safety standards, implement more safety for all bus riders.
If you have been seriously injured or a family member has been killed in a MARTA or Georgia school bus accident, you need the support of an experienced injury lawyer. The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle can help. Our Georgia bus accident legal professionals have decades of experience working with victims of bus accident injuries to ensure that they get fair compensation for their losses.
Please contact our Atlanta Georgia injury law office for a confidential free consultation, either at our main Gwinnett County law office in Duluth, or at one of our convenient satellite offices in Decatur, Buckhead or the Perimeter. There is no obligation for this visit and it is critical that you ensure you are compensated for your injuries and have the help you need with medical bills.