Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Bus operators spending 22 hours behind the wheel

Portland bus operators are working as many as 22 hours in a 24-hour time period, according to an Oregon newspaper investigation. Public records from the transit agency TriMet showed a shockingly high number of complaints about bus drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. The Oregonian investigation found multiple records of bus drivers regularly picking up… Learn More »

Bus operator should have been shut down before deadly crash

A new report released by National Transportation Safety Board found that federal regulators’ failure to shut down a discount bus operator after a slew of safety violations contributed to a fatal bus crash. Four bus passengers died and 14 people were seriously injured when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a… Learn More »

National Transportation Safety Board Urges Total Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving

Following a rash of deadly accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting and other cellphone use (like the August 2010 multi-truck and car pileup in Missouri that killed two people that investigators now attribute to texting), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged states to pass laws imposing a total ban on cellphone use… Learn More »

The Need for New Trucking Safety Rules

3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in the United States in 2010. While other new traffic safety stats from 2010 are encouraging–although distracted driving remains a big problem–The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports an increase of more than 8% in fatalities in truck-involved accidents. A new bill has been introduced in the Senate… Learn More »

Portland Bus Accident Wrongful Death Claims Filed

Last week, while reading the Oregonian online, I came across a follow up story about the tragic bus accident that left two people dead in downtown Portland this last April. The families of Jeneé Hammel and Danielle Sale have filed a tort claim notice with the intent to file a wrongful death claim against TriMet.… Learn More »

Portland Bus Accident Update

While skimming Oregonlive.com Tuesday morning, we came across the article, “Left-turn bus accidents, like fatal one in downtown Portland, alarmingly common among transit agencies.” Here is an excerpt from that article by Joseph Rose: “TriMet is no stranger to left-turn bus accidents such as the one that killed two pedestrians and injured three others in… Learn More »

Bus Accident in Portland Last Saturday Night

Last Saturday night, two people were killed and three others were injured when a city bus ran over a group of pedestrians in Portland, Oregon. The bus was turning when it hit the pedestrians crossing the street. Police said the bus was not speeding. Click here to read more details.

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Drivers’ Use of Hands-Free Cell Phone Devices

Announces new Oregon legislation barring handheld cellphone use while driving

Boston Transit Authority Bans Train and Bus Operators From Possessing Cell Phones on the Job After Crash

Reports on Boston ban on train and bus operators from using cellphones on the job