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Binghamton Personal Injury Lawyer Says Recent Tour Bus Crash Indicates Unsafe Practices Continue

Published August 16, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Binghamton personal injury attorney Scott C. Gottlieb says a local tour bus crash that injured more than a dozen people indicates that increased inspection of bus operators over the past several months has done little to curtail unsafe practices in the tour bus industry.

Police have said they are investigating the speed of a charter bus carrying Polish tourists that crashed in a driving rain on Interstate 81 north of Binghamton on the evening of August 3, according to Reuters. The news service said between 14 and 19 passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

On March 12, a bus wreck just north of New York City killed 15 passengers. Two days later, on March 14, a bus crashed in New Jersey on its way from New York City to Philadelphia, killing the driver and a passenger.

“Charter bus passengers should not have to consider whether they are risking their lives by boarding a bus,” says Gottlieb, who has more than 30 years of experience in representing motor vehicle accident victims throughout New York State, including Broome County.

Gottlieb points to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in July that eight New York tour bus companies had had their operating licenses suspended because of noncompliance with safety regulations.

The state Department of Transportation has conducted 3,000 roadside bus inspections since March that have resulted in 542 drivers and/or vehicles being taken out of service. This is a significant increase over 2010, during which 615 roadside bus inspections were conducted during the entire year.

“We applaud the state’s increased inspections, but there needs to be more of a penalty placed on those who think it’s OK to risk other people’s lives,” Gottlieb says.

Gottlieb says those who have been injured in a tour bus accident or any automotive accident should consult an attorney about protecting their legal rights.

“People harmed by the negligence of others may be due compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses,” says Gottlieb, whose New York personal injury law firm negotiates insurance settlements.

“If a loved one has been killed, a person may have reason to consider a wrongful death lawsuit,” he says. “It is crucial to get a legal opinion about the incident. Don’t simply take what an insurance company offers. They are working to limit payments.”

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Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is a Binghamton accident and injury law firm that handles all types of personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving drunk-driving accidents, wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall-down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases.

For more information, call (800) TALK-LAW or use the firm’s online contact form.

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