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Commercial Bus Accidents Continue to Raise Safety Questions

Steve Wagner

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We brought you the story last October of the Megabus that crashed on I-65 near Greenwood, IN, which caused us to question the safety of this over-sized transportation method.

Two more major bus accidents have happened just in Indiana since then. On December 20th of 2014, another bus crashed on I-65 in Seymour, IN, and several passengers were transported to the hospital, one with a broken collarbone.

Just under two weeks after the Seymour accident, a double-decker Megabus was in an accident in Hammond, IN.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), every division of Megabus reported 18 crashes last year, while Greyhound had 121 crashes nationally, and the locally owned Miller Transportation suffered 11 crashes last year.

Commercially-owned buses, according to FMCSA, are not required to undergo yearly federal inspections like school buses are, but passengers may check the safety and inspection ratings of commercial buses on the FMCSA website. Commercial buses are required to pass a yearly inspection, but those inspections can be done by the bus company itself, and not by an outside or unbiased source.

FOX 59 just shared their investigation regarding the safety of bus travel, and whether or not the risks are worth the less-expensive transportation. You can view their full investigation here, and you can contact us at (888) 204-8440 if you have been injured in a bus accident and need to speak with a personal injury attorney.


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