DC to Host Forum on Bus and Truck Safety

By Peter DePaolis

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public forum May 10-11 on truck and bus safety in Washington, D.C. The forum’s purpose is to examine the progress made since the NTSB held a similar forum on the topic ten years ago. The focus will be on government oversight, carrier operations, driver training and licensing, driver safety and health and vehicle safety technologies.

Recent accidents highlight the need for more work in highway safety. Last month, a tragic bus accident in New York killed 15 passengers. The bus company had a history of safety violations and investigators believe the driver may have been fatigued. In the decade since the last forum, the NTSB issued about 400 recommendations to help reduce the number of deaths from bus and truck accidents. There has been a decline in accident-related deaths since then, but tens of thousands still suffer injuries each year in bus and truck accidents.

Panelists at the forum will include representatives from the trucking and bus industries, federal and state agencies, unions and advocacy groups. They will discuss new initiatives in carrier operations as well as the effectiveness of established programs.

Contact a Washington, D.C. truck accident lawyer if you suffer injuries in a bus or truck accident. Roger Johnson is an experienced Washington, D.C. truck accident attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis and he is prepared to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.