Tragic Accident Highlights Need for Safety Regulations

When the commercial bus owned by Dahlia Bus Lines hit an MTA bus in Queens last month, the driver was going so fast that the MTA bus spun around from the force of the impact. Tragically, three people died, and many were severely injured.

The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) announced that the driver of the Dahlia bus that caused the fatal accident was driving more than double the speed limit and blew through a red light. Compounding the tragic deaths and injuries are questions about how the driver, who had prior convictions for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, was permitted to operate a commercial vehicle.

Dahlia Bus lines, which owns the bus and employed the driver, has a spotty safety record and has been cited with 212 Federal Motor Carrier Safety violations. Federal law requires background checks of driver at private bus companies, which, given this driver’s criminal background, raises questions about whether Dahlia complied with these laws.

In the wake of this accident, many people are questioning how safe the bus lines they use really are. Senator Schumer has suggested mandating that safety ratings be posted on bus windshields.

Until such a law passes, you can check the safety record of any private bus line on the US Department of Transportation site. If you are involved in any motor vehicle accident, you should be aware that any application for No Fault benefits, which will provide up to $50,000.00 in medical coverage and economic loss, must be filed within 30 days of the accident.

If you or a loved one has questions about an auto accident, we will listen to you, explain your options, and help you decide what action to take. The consultation is free, whether you call toll free at 1-888-MEDLAW1 or fill out a contact form on our website.


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