According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the officials investigating a charter bus crash that killed 8 people and injured 44 others only had seat belts for passengers in the first row of seats.
The bus involved was a 1998 model and was not required to have seat belts throughout. However, as of November of this year new federal regulations will take effect that will require new buses to have seat belts throughout the entire bus. This will provide increased safety and security for passengers, and will no doubt make every insurance provider to charter buses happy. Efforts to require older buses to be retrofitted with seat belts throughout the bus failed because it was thought to be too difficult and expensive for the charter bus companies.
For more information on the topic, see: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2016/05/18/409065.htm
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you need to speak with an attorney about your injuries. Charter bus companies have a duty to get you to and from your destination safely. If they were negligent in any way, we will find it and make them pay. When you travel with these companies, you are placing your safety and well being in their hands. If you have been injured, they need to pay for your injuries and your recovery. This means that they are liable for the time you miss from work, your rehabilitation, any debilitating injuries, and any other damages allowable by law for which they may owe you.
Don’t wait until the bus company’s insurance company sends you a lowball settlement offer that will not cover your long term needs and care to contact an attorney. Call now and let Guest and Gray Law Firm get working on your case today!