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Archive for the ‘Bus Accident’ Category

Texting while driving may have caused deadly bus crash
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A mini-bus filled with choir members from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas was fatally struck when a distracted pickup truck-driver collided with them. The choir was returning from a three-day retreat. Jack Dillon Young, the driver of the pickup truck, admitted to texting while driving on the scene of the accident. The […]

California school bus crash reaches settlement
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

The Orange Unified School District reached a $10 million settlement over a 2014 school bus crash in Anaheim Hills that injured five middle-school children. The crash occurred when the driver, Gerald Rupple, passed out and the bus hit a tree. The driver is facing felony charges in trial this February for allegedly concealing information from […]

Should our children’s school bus have seat belts?
Thursday, December 29th, 2016

In the wake of the Chattanooga school bus crash, should we consider installing seat belts on school buses?   Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing six elementary students and injuring over a dozen more. The school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment […]

Bus operators spending 22 hours behind the wheel
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Oregon bus drivers hours of service rules need to change – the problem of sleeping bus operators, and fatal accidents caused by drowsy driving

Bus operator should have been shut down before deadly crash
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A new report released by National Transportation Safety Board found that federal regulators’ failure to shut down a discount bus operator after a slew of safety violations contributed to a fatal bus crash. Four bus passengers died and 14 were seriously injured when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a guard […]

National Transportation Safety Board Urges Total Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Following a rash of deadly accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting and other cellphone use (like the August 2010 multi-truck and car pileup in Missouri that killed two people that investigators now attribute to texting), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged states to pass laws imposing a total ban on cellphone use […]

The Need for New Trucking Safety Rules
Thursday, December 8th, 2011

3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in the United States in 2010. While other new traffic safety stats from 2010 are encouraging – although distracted driving remains a big problem – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports an increase of more than 8% in fatalities in truck-involved accidents. A new bill has been […]

Portland Bus Accident Wrongful Death Claims Filed
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Last week, while reading the Oregonian online, I came across a follow up story about the tragic bus accident that left two people dead in downtown Portland this last April. The families of Jeneé Hammel and Danielle Sale have filed a tort claim notice with the intent to file a wrongful death claim against TriMet. […]

Portland Bus Accident Update
Friday, May 7th, 2010

While skimming Tuesday morning, we came across the article, “Left-turn bus accidents, like fatal one in downtown Portland, alarmingly common among transit agencies.” Here is an excerpt from that article by Joseph Rose: “TriMet is no stranger to left-turn bus accidents such as the one that killed two pedestrians and injured three others in […]

Bus Accident in Portland Last Saturday Night
Monday, April 26th, 2010

Last Saturday night, two people were killed and three others were injured when a city bus ran over a group of pedestrians in Portland, Oregon. The bus was turning when it hit the pedestrians crossing the street. Police said the bus was not speeding. Click here to read more details.