California bus accident highlights dangers of tour buses
A bus accident in California is an example of the dangers of mass transit accidents, and why it is important that bus drivers and companies follow safety guidelines and procedures. A recent bus accident in California resulted in one fatality and 21 injuries and is still being investigated by police.
The bus accident happened after the bus overturned on State Route 76. The bus driver told police after the crash that the bus started to swerve. He then lost control of the bus and the bus flipped on its side. The bus driver said he was driving 55 mph, and police don't suspect that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Of the 21 passengers injured, six of them suffered serious injuries and 14 passengers had minor injuries. Victims of the crash were being treated at local hospitals and were all expected to survive.
This is not the first time this bus company has been in a serious accident. Safety records show that the bus company that operated the bus has been in two accidents during the last two years. The company, Five Star Bus Charter, received a "satisfactory" safety rating by the federal Department of Transportation in its most recent review.
Despite the safety rating, this accident is an example of the dangers of mass transit accidents in California and across the country. If this bus company was seen as "satisfactory," why did the fatal accident happen?
Police said that rain and wet roads may have contributed to the bus accident, but the crash is still under investigation. While the driver may not have been able to prevent the accident, many previous bus accidents have been linked to unsafe bus drivers or mechanical failures.
Bus drivers need to be able to safely operate their vehicles to keep everyone safe on the road. This includes having experience driving mass transit vehicles and taking the required rest breaks to prevent fatigue and drowsy driving.
Bus passengers should be aware of the risks of riding mass transit and tour buses. Passengers may want to look at a bus company's safety record and accident history to see if they've had any federal safety violations or have previously been in serious accidents before riding on a specific bus.