Low-cost bus services like Megabus are proving that a cheap ride can have expensive repercussions. 43 people loaded into a coach in hopes of winning it big at Salton Sea Casino in California last month, but their expedition ended in disaster when their bus slammed into a truck, killing 13 people and leaving more injured. Despite claims over bus driver negligence, it is a reality that lives could have been saved had passengers had access to seat belts. The bus accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have long decried lawmakers for not putting regulations into place which would require motor coach services to install seatbelts in all of their vehicles.
Regulations Have Stalled Despite Multiple Disasters
A proposal to require seatbelts on all public buses was made as far back as 1968 after 19 people were killed in a bus accident. It was not until this month that such a proposal will finally go into effect, proving that lawmakers have long catered to the needs of bus companies rather than forcing them to implement policies and install equipment that saves lives. Many of the buses that are still on the road do not have seatbelts and will not have them in the near future because they were produced before current regulations took hold.