Two Illinois Megabus accidents in one week have resulted in two fatalities, raising questions about the safety of traveling by Megabus and other discount commercial bus carriers. Megabus is a discount bus carrier that travels city to city and picks up its passengers curbside. The vehicles are often double-decker, making them top-heavy and susceptible to catastrophic bus accidents.
The first accident occurred in Litchfield, Illinois and injured 42 people and killed one. It is suspected that the bus driver lost control after the mega bus blew a tire and crashed into an overpass support.
The following week, a 76-year-old Chicago woman died when she was hit by the side mirror of an empty Megabus. The woman was in the crosswalk when she was hit. The impact caused her to fall and sustain a fatal head injury.
Similar Megabus accidents have occurred across the country.
Due to the multitude of recent Megabus accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency notice on August 16 to all motor coach companies warning them about weight limits and overloading. According to the FMCSA, the double decker design of a Megabus makes them prone to overloading. The FMCSA is warning the bus companies to cut passenger and cargo loads to deter accidents.
Trucking and bus companies are required to take extreme care when loading vehicles to ensure the safety of passengers, drivers and other motorists. Trucking and bus companies are also required to properly train their drivers. Failure to follow the regulations regarding loading and driver training makes them vulnerable to claims of negligence.
Please note that if you have been injured, or you have lost a loved one due to a commercial vehicle accident, an experienced attorney can answer your questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Two Megabus Fatalities in One Week Raise Concerns about Safety