Sign the Petition to Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses

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To Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!

How Many More Innocent People Must Needlessly Die?

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The tragic and unnecessary injuries and multiple deaths of innocent students and adults when a Federal Express Truck collided head on with a school bus in Orland, California on April 10, 2014 could possibly have been minimized or even eliminated had better safety features been federally mandated.

Quoting from an article published in The Republic, Rules To Make Crashed Buses Easier to Escape Still Not Adopted 15 Years After Recommendation,  “Because the bus was overturned and partially submerged, passengers had to evacuate by standing on the seats, pushing up on the emergency windows, and climbing out onto the top of the bus.  Each of the emergency windows on the bus was hinged at the top, allowing the window to swing open when the emergency release bar was activated.  Tests performed by the manufacturer after the accident indicated that an upward force of 85 pounds was needed to fully open an emergency exit window with the coach lying on its side.”

Due to the height of some of the passengers or the window weight, some people were unable to push the windows open after unlatching them.

You Have The Power to Make A Positive Change! 

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To Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!

The Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has the power, and therefore must, issue new standards for large buses so that after an accident passengers can easily open windows and emergency exits.

Can you even imagine the fear and desperation that these people felt ?  The New York Times headline said it best: “In An Instant, a Bus to College Was A Fiery Trap.”

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, easy-to-open windows and exits are necessary “to ensure evacuation in adequate time under different emergency situations for various occupant groups, including children and the elderly.”

As a personal injury attorney representing injured people and the families of loved ones killed due to the negligence of others, I’ve seen first hand the physical, emotional and financial devastation that preventable injuries and death have caused.

Secretary Foxx has the power to make positive change and save the lives of those who trust that they will be safely delivered from Point A to Point B.

You Have The Power to Make A Positive Change! Tell Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx To Mandate

Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!  

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9 Killed in Crash Between Fed Ex Truck and Bus Carrying Students

Chico, California: A FedEx truck collided head on into a bus on Thursday, April 10 when it allegedly crossed the center divider on the I-5 Freeway in the city of Orland (Glenn County, Ca) killing nine people and injuring dozens more.  Orland is approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento.

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If the allegations are correct, FedEx will undoubtedly be held liable for the injuries to those who survived and the families of those who so tragically and needlessly died in this accident. Among the dead were the drivers of the FedEx truck and the charter bus.

The charter bus company could be held liable as well if it can be shown that its driver could have avoided the accident and/or contributed in some way to the crash through his own comparative negligence or inattention.

Could distracted driving have been one of the root causes of this tragedy?

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A California Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective on Accidents


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California personal injury case can take on many forms.  If you, or someone you love, has been injured
in any one of the following situations, you may have a personal injury case worth
pursuing. 

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  • Assault Injuries
  • Bicycle Accident
  • Bus Accident
  • Car Accident
  • Dangerous Product
  • Defective Product
  • Dog Bite / Animal Attack
  • Elevator / Escalator Accident
  • False Arrest
  • Medical Negligence
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Railroad Crossing Accident
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip & Fall Accident
  • Trip & Fall Accident
  • Truck Accident
  • Wrongful Death

Call me to discuss whether you
have a personal injury case.  Consultations are free and unlike a
vicious dog, I won’t bite! (But I will give you my undivided attention).

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Metro Bus and Blue Line Collide: What Is Going On Here?

Metro_train_20080919What is going on here in Los Angeles?  Today a Metro Bus and a Blue Line Bus crashed with 15 injured so far.  Last week we had the horrific Metrolink Crash which left 25 people dead and countless seriously injured.  I’ve represented many people injured in accidents involving the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, also known as the MTA.  Accidents happen BUT when bus drivers or train engineers are even momentarily careless, huge numbers of people become injured victims.  Mass Transit can instantly become Mass Destruction.

Graphic Scene and Rescue Photos Here

Since these buses are run by the government, by law injured people will have to file a claim with the appropriate governmental agencies.  Government Code Sections 910-913.2 control how and when the claim must be made. In particular, and with very few exceptions, the claim MUST BE MADE WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS OF THE DATE OF THE ACCIDENT or the victims may forever lose their rights to be compensated for their injuries.

Here’s the story on today’s crash by The Associated Press: 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail train slammed into a bus near downtown during Friday morning’s commute, injuring 14 people, none seriously, officials said.

The Metro Blue Line train was on a run to Long Beach while the bus was not in service. Fourteen people from the train, including the operator, suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Luis Inzunza said.

"We had an out-of-service bus turn in front of the train," said Marc Littman, another spokesman for the MTA, which operates both the train and the bus. "We don’t know who had the right of way."

The impact knocked the front car of the electric train off the track. The other cars remained on the track.

Inzunza said the speed limit for trains in the area is 35 mph. The bus was being driven by a mechanic, who was not injured.

The crash comes just a week after a Metrolink commuter train smashed into a freight train in the San Fernando Valley, about 30 miles northwest of downtown, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130.

More than an hour after the accident, the smell of compressed natural gas leaking from the bus was still strong.

Chris Romero, 31, who lives nearby, said the screeching metal woke him up and he came running over. The crash, coupled with the Metrolink accident, has made him wary of taking the train.

"With everything that’s going on, it’s scary to go on the Metro," he said in Spanish through an interpreter.

The Blue Line, which runs from downtown to Long Beach, started service in 1990 and is the oldest part of MTA’s popular light rail system.

Metro Rail service covers 73 miles of track and 62 stations, including street-level light rail, two subway lines and some elevated track. Estimated weekday ridership totals more than 300,000 boardings.

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by this accident, please call me immediately at (323) 852-1100 or send an e-mail to me at lowell@steigerlaw.com

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