Later this week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hear a bill which, if passed, will significantly increase the potential fines to automakers who delay automobile recalls for any reason. The bill also aims to toughen safety requirements for car manufacturers and commercial bus companies in the wake of several fatal car and bus accidents that have taken place in recent months.
Earlier this week, we began an examination of the high rate of fatal bus accidents in curbside bus companies that operate in New Jersey and throughout the country. So far this year, there have been 23 interstate bus accidents in the U.S., during which 33 people have died and more than 400 have been injured.
In March, 17 people were killed and several more injured in two bus accidents in New Jersey and New York. Those fatal accidents began a serious of accidents involving tour buses and cheap curbside bus companies, many of which were operating despite numerous safety violations and a lack of inspection and approval from federal transportation authorities.
Last week, more than a dozen people were injured following a collision between a tour bus and two trucks on the New Jersey Turnpike. The bus accident is the second such crash on the Turnpike this year. However, unlike the first, the most recent accident does not appear to be the result of the safety deficiencies of the tour bus company or driver. Although police continue to investigate the New Jersey accident, they currently believe that it was just that - an accident.
A New Jersey woman is dead following a tragic bus accident in Virginia earlier this week. The fatal accident is one in a line of several similar crashes in New Jersey and throughout the East, again calling into question the bus companies' safety standards and the federal government's regulation of them.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the increased efforts of federal lawmakers and safety advocacy groups to require additional safety features in buses. The safety movement comes approximately one month after two deadly bus accidents in New Jersey and New York that took the lives of 17 bus passengers.
Last month, we wrote about a series of deadly bus crashes that took the lives of almost 20 people in New Jersey and New York. Now, the father of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in the second accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Super Luxury Tours, which operated the bus involved in the fatal crash.
On Monday night, a tour bus traveling from New York's Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing two people and injuring 40 more. The New Jersey accident came just three days after a fatal tour bus crash in the Bronx that took the lives of 15 people as they traveled from a casino in Connecticut to Chinatown.
This week, approximately 150 New Jersey high school students were on a field trip when they were involved in a serious bus accident. According to reports, the brakes of one of the four buses carrying the students allegedly failed, causing two buses to collide. One of the bus drivers and ten students suffered injuries requiring them to be taken to area hospitals.