New York Bus Accident Lawyer Supports New Bus Safety Legislation

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New York bus accident lawyer David Perecman commends U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for co-sponsoring legislation to improve the safety standards of discount bus companies.

Improved bus safety and driver training can reduce both the number of discount bus crashes and the number of fatalities from those bus accidents. This initiative comes after fatal discount tour bus crashes in New York and New Jersey add to the number of discount tour bus accidents that have occurred recently. This proposal dovetails legislation to strengthen The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act.

“The only ones who would be opposed to new rules are bus companies that put profits ahead of the safety of riders,” said New York bus accident lawyer Perecman, founder of the New York, bus accident firm The Perecman Firm.

The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act would require safety measures for buses including stringent driver training, a reinforced windows, crush-resistant roofs that can withstand bus accident rollovers, and black boxes like the kind they have on airplanes.

The two fatal bus accidents in New York and New Jersey were not isolated incidents, but the latest in a series of crashes, and near crashes, that have recently plagued the discount tour bus industry.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and New York bus accident lawyer Perecman have been concerned about unsafe bus operators and lax safety supervision for bus drivers, bus companies and motorcoaches for years.

According to the American Bus Association, more than half of the deaths in bus accidents 1999-2009 could have been prevented if the bus drivers involved had not been allowed to operate the bus.

“The new legislation will be aimed at ensuring bus safety and preventing bus accidents, and it’s going to be up to bus companies to follow those rules and up to transportation officials to make sure bus companies comply,” New York bus accident lawyer Perecman said.

The New York bus accident lawyers at New York's The Perecman Firm are experienced at representing individuals injured in bus accidents involving the MTA, tour buses, charter buses and others. Individuals involved in a bus accident, should contact an experienced New York bus accident lawyer with the skills, expertise and resources to handle a bus accident case.

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