Of course, every week should be brake safety week, but this coming week is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)’s official Brake Safety Week. As a truck accident lawyer, I see some of the worst examples of trucks with bad brakes. I have required in some of my settlements that the truck company provide specific brake […]
How much insurance coverage is available in bus collision cases?
A for-hire motor carrier operating in interstate commerce must have $5 million insurance for any vehicle that seats 16 passengers or more. The minimum insurance for vehicles that transport less than 16 passengers is $1.5 million. This applies, for example, when a private bus company takes people across state lines to a casino or from […]
What laws apply in a school bus accident?
The law that governs commercial motor vehicles, their companies and drivers is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These regulations are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations and govern many areas of commercial transportation, such as random and post-collision drug and alcohol screening, minimum insurance limits, hours of service requirements, maintenance […]
Multiple Deaths Caused By Indianapolis Bus Crash
A bus carrying teenagers returning from a church summer camp overturned in Indianapolis near I-564 this afternoon. Newspapers are reporting that the bus driver told witnesses that his brakes failed, causing the bus to careen into a retaining wall as it rounded a curve and overturned. Three people were killed and 26 other children and adults were sent to the […]
FMCSA Issues a Safety Advisory for Buses in Hot Weather
This month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reminded bus companies to check the inflation of tires, which is particularly critical during hot weather. The Code of Federal Regulations prohibits buses, also called motor coaches, from operating with tires filled over the maximum permitted inflation, nor may they operate with dangerously worn tires. Car, truck and […]