Public bus transportation provides many convenient benefits as well as other perks for those traveling, commuting to work, or simply running errands. However, how safe are public buses really? A recent investigation conducted by federal safety regulators has likely had countless Americans asking this very question. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, buses manufactured within the last 20 years are being examined due to the possibility that drive shafts can fall out and cause bus drivers to lose control of the large vehicles.
The potential bus defect has been linked to two accidents that resulted in two people dying and several others being injured. It has been estimated that 4,000 Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI) D-Series buses with a steerable rear axle made from 1992 until this year may be affected by the flaw.
As one of the main manufacturers of intercity buses throughout the United States and Canada, MCI is at the forefront of major concern for the safety of bus passengers, bus drivers, and others on the road.
The first public red flag emerged in March 2010 when FirstGroup America, parent of Greyhound bus lines, reported that numerous drive shafts had failed on MCI buses. It was at this time that the company filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The complaint stated that in two incidents, bus drivers lost control of the buses, leading to several people suffering injuries and others suffering death. More specifically, a March 16, 2010 crash involving an American USA bus operated by Greyhound close to San Antonio killed two and injured 40. It was determined by the Texas Department of Public Safety that the bus’ drive shaft possibly broke before the vehicle swerved out of control and flipped over.
As stated in NHTSA documents, FirstGroup America concluded that the drive shafts on the MCI buses are capable of falling and damaging safety systems, like brake lines. Although no vehicles have been recalled at this time, the NHTSA is investigating whether the buses are defective.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our bus crash attorneys in San Diego are all too familiar with the tragic consequences of serious accidents involving large buses and small passenger vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Dedicated to helping injured individuals and family members of those killed obtain justice, our decades of legal experience lend us the ability to effectively represent our clients. For a free consultation and to find out more about how we can help you obtain rightful compensation, please call 213-514-8332 today.