Fifteen passengers of a tour bus died when it crashed in New York a week ago. According to an article on FairWarning.org, the accident has renewed concerns over drivers of buses and tractor -trailers working more hours than they should and falling asleep at the wheel.
Bus Driver Told Police a Large Truck Sideswiped Bus
The bus was on it’s way back to New York City from Connecticut. It was transporting a group of people that had visited a casino in the neighboring state when it crashed. The bus driver alleged that a large truck had hit the bus, making him lose control. Yet, a driver that had been following the bus prior to the accident told police that he had seen the bus weaving in and out of it’s lane. This make police think that the bus driver, Mr. Ophanel Williams, may have fallen a sleep while driving. Additionally, some of the passengers stated that they saw Mr. Williams fall asleep a few times prior to the accident. According to an article in AllMediaNY, the investigation is under way and police is analyzing the data from the “black box” of the bus, which was recovered after the accident.
Tour Bus Operator Had Prior Citations
AllMediaNY also reports that the company operating the bus, World Wide Travel, had received five prior citations for “driver fatigue” from the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Long Island Exchange states that emergency workers had to cut into the bus to retrieve the passengers that resulted inured in the crash. They were taken Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Brain trauma, skull fractures and internal bleeding are some of the injuries reported.
Tour Operators Responsible for Safety of Those They Transport
These bus companies are responsible for the safety of the passengers they transport. However, long hours without adequate rest causes driver’s fatigue which in turn, sometimes leads to accidents. Therefore, the company is supposed to make sure that the drivers have time to rest during long trips or, alternatively, that additional drivers are assigned on longer trips.
Accidents like this lead to injuries that may require extensive rehabilitation and some of these injured passengers may not have medical insurance. When that happens, their best bet lies with personal injury attorneys experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases to help them make the tour bus operator and/or it’s insurance carrier pay for their recovery.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus or truck accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Bus and Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. The firm’s senior partner, Stewart Greenberg, is licensed to practice law in New York. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.