Missouri Lawn Mower Accidents and Injuries Rise Sharply

Officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are hunting for dangerous and irresponsible bus companies and drivers. Recently, officials ordered Advanced Ventures to cease all operations after investigators determined that both the vehicles and the drivers were posing serious risks to public safety.

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“Safety is our highest priority,” said USDOT’s Secretary Ray LaHood. “Companies that are not transporting passengers safely will not be allowed to operate.”

Our St. Louis bus accident lawyers understand that buses provide a convenient and cost-effective way to get to summer vacation destinations. Unfortunately, many consumers don’t factor in the dangers and the risks that accompany these convenient rides. It takes a little research to help ensure a safe ride for you and your friends and family members. You can’t just go around picking the cheapest bus ticket. Consider this:

According to the latest statistics, there were close to 15,000 buses involved in traffic accidents in 2010. In these accidents, there were about 250 people killed. A good amount of these accidents involved unsafe vehicles, irresponsible busing companies and fatigued/unfit drivers.

“Commercial bus and truck companies that intentionally falsify records to evade safety requirements have no place on our highways and roads,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Although officials are focused on improving the safety standards of buses in order to reduce injuries and fatalities, it’s important that you’re doing your part, too. There are a few things that you can do to help ensure the safety of you and your family before hopping on that bus and heading out.

One of the first things that you can do before selecting a busing company to travel with is to check the FMCSA’s SAFER System. With his service, you can look at a concise electronic record of a company’s identification, size, commodity information, and safety record, including the safety rating (if any), a roadside out-of-service inspection summary, and crash information.

If you’re on a smartphone, you can get the SaferBus Andriod/iPhone app. This is an easy way to access the information that could save your life.

It can also be used to report companies that are unsafe and haven’t been busted yet. This app also links to the FMCSA National Consumer Complaint Database. In using this feature you can also connect to the FMCSA hotline number 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238).

By making the safety performance information of bus companies more readily available to the public, the SaferBus app helps travelers make more informed decisions.

The SaferBus app will also help you avoid the bus companies that have been placed out of service — the ones that don’t have operating authority. In such cases, the companies are operating illegally.

More Blog Entries:

Sleepy Driver Crashes in Missouri Car Accident on Highway A, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, August 22, 2011

Missouri State Patrol Examines 12,000 School Buses to Help Prevent Child Injury in St. Louis
, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, August 18, 2011

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