Bus Crash Driver In Fatal Crash Charged With Involunatary Manslaughter

The driver of the bus that crashed in Virginia on I-95 has been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.  In adddition to the deaths of the four passengers, the crash caused scores of injuries, and turned local hospital emergency rooms into mash units.   Reports by some passengers suggest the bus swerved on the highway before running off the interstate and landing on its side.

The criminal charges appear based on findings that the driver of the bus was suffering from driver fatigue.  Reports indicate that the low cost bus service company that operated the bus was found to have violated numerous federal regualtions and was on the verge of being shut down by the federal government before last weekend's bus crash.

As reported on this web site in the past, although commerical vehicle and truck crashes are on the decline, driver fatigue is a common cause of these types of crashes.  Government regulations in place that are intended to reduce the risk of accidents are not always followed by commerical bus and truck operators who sometimes try to save money by overusing drivers in apparent violation of these laws.  

It is prudent to shop for the best price when using a bus service, particularly in these difficult economic times.  But if the charges seem too good to be true, be sure to do some research on the company that you wish to use.  The company that operated this bus appears to have a lengthy record of violations, and according to news reports, was on the verge of being shut down by the federal government for longstanding violations.

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