Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, starting in late 2016, buses will be manufactured with seat belts. However, this new safety measure does not apply to school or city transit buses.
Accident investigators have been urging manufacturers to include seat belts to their design plans for nearly five decades. These specialists project that the addition of seat belts will reduce injury rates by 50%.
Since it is common for the passenger to be ejected, rollover accidents pose the largest danger to buses without seat belts. Studies show that 70% of ejected passengers suffer fatal injuries.
A commercial transit company can use a single bus for up to 25 years. As a result, it will take a while for the majority of circulating buses to be equipped with seat belts.
If you, or someone you know, sustained injuries in a bus or auto accident in Lancaster, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 to learn more about your rights and legal options.