A panel of investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 that they've completed their investigation into a 2016 Southern California bus crash. They determined that driver fatigue was the primary contributing factor for the crash.
Despite the fact that school bus drivers log countless hours and millions of miles driving around students each year, they're rarely involved in fatal accidents.
Each day across the United States, more than 25 million kids are transported to school on buses, a number which is estimated to be responsible for keeping some 17 million cars from having to transport students to schools each day. When a bus accident does occur, it can be catastrophic, although they're few and far between.
Imagine getting into a taxi and knowing exactly how many accidents the company has had and the number of staff members it employs. Maybe you want to know how often the vehicles are inspected or to make sure that no drivers have a spotty past.
Tragedy struck on a freeway near Palm Springs recently, in what is being described as the only the latest instance of a troubling trend. A bus being driven by the owner and operator of a small transportation company crashed into a tractor trailer while heading for a casino near the Salton Sea, killing 12 passengers and the driver.
The freeways and interstates in California are a sprawling network of lane after lane of traffic, crammed with vehicles of many kinds all in a hurry to get where they are going. It doesn't take above-average insight to know that when it comes to car accidents, some of the most dangerous kinds of accident can be those that involve large commercial trucks. These mechanical behemoths are responsible for thousands of fatalities each year, and California is not immune to these dangers.
School is back in session across the country, meaning thousands of children throughout California and beyond will be piling into school buses every day, putting their physical safety in the hands of a bus driver. While you may not be able to be on the bus every day to ensure that your child is in the care of a competent, caring driver, you can educate your child on the risk factors that increase the chances of unsafe driving. This way, your child can keep from contributing to the danger of other passengers and inform you if he or she sees any unsafe behavior on the part of the bus driver.
It is common sense that driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is always a dangerous proposition, and in many cases leads to property damage, personal injury, or death. Still, each state maintains standards for the amount of alcohol that is allowed in a person's bloodstream before getting behind the wheel is considered illegal. For drivers who are operating a vehicle that requires a commercial driver's license, the regulations are much stricter.
Summer is here and many people around the country are looking around at weekend getaways and other travel opportunities. Due to increased highway congestion, summer months can be more dangerous for travelers than other, less congested seasons. Bus travel is already one of the safest ways to travel, but for safety-conscious passengers, there are some precautions that can ensure the safest possible travel conditions.
California residents who are injured in bus accidents may wonder who should be held responsible. Since a bus is an example of a vehicle known as a common carrier, it is held to a high standard of responsibility for its passengers. Any vehicle that is supposed to transfer people or goods for money is a common carrier. Tour buses, school buses and commercial buses are all designated as common carriers.