Jersey City, NJ, August 15, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- There’s no hiding the truth – in instances involving fatal or serious tour bus accidents, evidence often shows drivers lack proper training and credentials to safely operate the vehicles.
This is the message Ricky Bagolie, co-founder of Bagolie Friedman Injury Lawyers, a personal injury law firm in Jersey City, NJ, is sending to lawmakers and the public, following the latest in a surge of tour bus crashes throughout the Northeast.
Passenger protection is again in the national spotlight, following the Aug. 3 accident involving a tour bus that flipped on an upstate New York highway. Although none of the 30 passengers were killed, several were injured.
Last week’s crash marked the most recent in a string of tour bus accidents in New York and New Jersey. On March 12, a tour bus returning to New York City’s Chinatown from an overnight trip to a Connecticut casino toppled onto its side and struck a pole, killing 15 people. Two days later, a luxury bus heading from Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, resulting in two deaths.
“Of course, equipment exists to prevent many charter and tour bus crashes, while also increasing the likelihood of fewer injuries and death,” Bagolie added. “But safety regulations are rarely followed.”
In April, Bagolie Friedman Injury Lawyers announced a lawsuit filed on behalf of a passenger permanently disabled in the deadly March 14 bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Saluddin Ali, a resident of Jersey City, NJ, contends the tour bus operating company, Super Luxury Tours Inc. of Wilkes Barre, Pa., operated without regard for passenger safety and failed to properly train, hire and supervise its drivers.
For tour bus accident victims and their families, Bagolie says fighting for a settlement is often the only way to ensure negligent parties make passenger safety on tour and charter buses a greater priority. But he warns the process is challenging.
“Tour bus lawsuits usually involve multiple state laws and federal regulations because the responsible entities are rarely from the same area,” Bagolie said.
Bagolie Friedman Injury Lawyers is a personal injury law firm with offices in Jersey City and Clifton, NJ, as well as Hollywood, Fla. The firm handles cases in New York, New Jersey and Florida, while also evaluating claims from around the United States and worldwide. Founded by Ricky E. Bagolie and Alan T. Friedman, the firm’s lawyers represent injured victims and families in cases against corporations, insurance companies, hospitals and individuals who commit negligent and wrongful acts. Additional information and registration for free consultations are available at http://www.bagoliefriedman.com.