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Bus Rollover Crash Injures WV Girls Basketball Team

West Virginia authorities are investigating a charter bus rollover crash that injured several members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team Feb. 2. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. as the charter bus was rounding an entrance ramp to Interstate 64 after leaving the Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament in Beckley, West Virginia. According to The Journal of Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said that the bus was about to merge onto I-64 East when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The bus exited the ramp on the right side and flipped four ... Read More

Deadly Sunroof Passenger Ejections On The Rise

More and more drivers are opting for vehicles with sunroofs, and automakers are making sunroofs larger and larger, prompting safety advocates who warn this trend is causing an escalating number of people who are killed or injured every year by being fully or partially ejected from the sunroof in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently has no safety regulations in place for the design and manufacture of sunroofs, even though hundreds of people are ejected from them every year in rollover accidents. Ejections occur even when the sunroofs are closed. Approximately 7 million (40 percent) of ... Read More

Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 1.25 Million Ram Pickups For Software Flaw

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will recall more than 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks to correct a software error that could cause the vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts to malfunction in a rollover crash. The software glitch could disable the side airbags and seatbelt tension devices that protect motorists in a rollover caused by a significant underbody impact, such as running over debris on the road or driving off-road. The company says the chances of such a malfunction occurring are small because a sequence of events was needed to cause such an accident, but the faulty code has been linked to ... Read More

New Training Video Aims To Reduce Commercial Cargo Tank Rollovers

Every year, more than 1,300 commercial cargo tank rollovers occur, killing dozens of truck drivers and other motorists and spilling hazardous materials. But because nearly 80 percent of these accidents are the result of driver error, federal safety regulators are working with the commercial trucking industry to develop training tools that could help drive down the number of tanker rollovers. Most commercial drivers would say that driving too fast for road and weather conditions causes commercial tank rollovers. While that is true, about 28 percent of the time, there are several other reasons why truck drivers lose control of their ... Read More

Passenger Carrier Service Shut Down After Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

A father and son who have been operating as a commercial passenger transportation team have been ordered to cease all interstate and intrastate commercial driver after federal safety regulators declared them to be an “imminent hazard to public safety.” The federal order follows a June 18 crash that left six passengers dead. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Wenceslao Cruz Marquez and his son, Hugo Cruz operated a passenger carrier service although neither of the men possessed a commercial driver’s license. On the day of the accident, Mr. Cruz was driving a pickup truck loaded with passenger ... Read More

Tour bus rollover victims argue vehicle should have had seatbelts

A tour bus driver whose minibus flipped on an Arizona road while traveling from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, killing two Chinese tourists and injuring eight others in 2010, admitted during court testimony that he had been driving 5-15 mph over the speed limit posted ahead of a sharp bend. Driver Zhi Lu told jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court that he did not notice a sign reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph on U.S. 93 / Pearce Ferry Road. Subsequently, he rounded the corner going 40-50 mph, stuck a sign designating the bend, and ... Read More

Federal regulators propose new rollover safety standards for commercial buses

A new federal safety standard proposed by U.S. safety regulators would reduce the risk of passengers being ejected from commercial buses during rollover crashes and improve survivability in bus crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the rule in an effort to reduce the number of commercial bus crash passengers and drivers are killed and injured each year. In 2012, the most recent year with complete crash data, there were 54,000 bus crashes on U.S. roads and highways. These bus crashes killed 250 people and injured 12,000 others. More current incomplete data indicates these numbers are steadily climbing ... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court orders new trial for plaintiffs in Ford rollover case

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Ford Motor Co. “willfully” misled plaintiffs about its insurance coverage in a product liability case involving a vehicular rollover, and agreed with a lower court’s decision granting the plaintiffs a new trial. Plaintiffs Jordan and Renee Conley sued Ford in December 2007 for a Ford Explorer rollover crash in 2006 that killed one person and left another with traumatic brain injury. A state jury, however, returned a verdict in favor of Ford in the 2009 trial. Since that ruling, however, evidence emerged in another case that indicated Ford intentionally misled the plaintiffs during ... Read More

Dangerously old tires sold at bargain prices on eBay

Tires more than six years old pose a giant safety risk that many consumers may not be aware of, but that hasn’t stopped at least one company from buying old automotive tires and selling them to consumers on eBay. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS), a Massachusetts-based group dedicated to researching the safety of auto and other consumer products, an ad appearing in Tire Business alerted it to a business that willfully sells old tires to anyone who wants them. The ad states “We’re not afraid of older discontinued product and will make fair offers to clear out ... Read More

School bus rollover leaves young student and driver with serious injuries

Several people, adults and children alike, were injured Monday, November 11, in Yuma County, Colo., after a Wray School District school bus and a truck collided, causing the bus to roll over. According to the State Patrol, the accident occurred in the intersection of Yuma County Road FF and Yuma County Road 25. Trooper Nate Reid, a spokesman for the State Patrol, said that the female driver of the 2004 school bus and one student believed to be of about elementary school age were both seriously injured in the collision, while three other students suffered minor injuries. Also, the female driver ... Read More