By now, bus accident lawyers are familiar with this particular narrative. Records obtained by CNN find that the bus company, whose vehicle was involved in a fatal bus accident in Oregon recently, had been cited for numerous violations.
Nine passengers on the bus were killed when their bus skidded on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon, crashing through a guardrail, and falling down a steep embankment. At least 30 people in the bus were injured in the accident. At the time, the bus was on its way back to Vancouve from Las Vegas.
The driver survived the accident, and has been treated for his injuries. Investigations into the accident have already begun. No charges have been filed yet. There is no information yet about whether the driver has been tested for drugs or alcohol.
However, CNN has obtained records that show that the Canadian bus company that operated the bus had a number of violations to its credit. The company is Mi Joo Tour and Travel Ltd. and is based in Vancouver. According to information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company had been cited for at least 11 violations in 2010. In 2011, the company was cited for 8 violations.
Some of the violations that the agency recorded were failure to investigate backgrounds of drivers before hiring them, and failure to inspect emergency equipment like emergency exits, doors, lights and push out windows. The records indicate that the company also failed to implement alcohol and drug testing program for drivers.
None of these violations are minor violations that can be brushed aside. For example, failure to regularly conduct alcohol and drug testing programs for drivers increases the risk of drivers operating the bus under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Unfortunately, California bus accident attorneys are coming across an increasing number of accidents involving bus companies that were clearly not operating safely even before the crash.
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