New York Bus Crash Caused By Drowsy Driver

by | June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012

According to the Seattle Times, a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated Tuesday that a bus crash that occurred last March in upstate New York was caused by a drowsy driver, a lack of safety oversight by the bus company and unsafe speeds.

The bus was traveling along I-95 from a casino in Connecticut to Chinatown in New York City on March 12, 2011 when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The bus then left the road and skid along a guardrail before rolling and hitting a light pole and highway sign. The light pole cut the top of the bus off, and was responsible for killing 15 people on board.

Investigators found no skid marks indicating that the driver had attempted to stop the bus in the moments prior to the crash. His logbooks also indicated that the driver had not slept during the three days prior to the accident except for several short naps.

The driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of Manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with the accident.

The New York Personal Injury Lawyers at the William Mattar Law Offices say that thousands of motorists are injured or killed each year due to New York Auto Accidents that are caused by drowsy driving. That is why they ask that if you start feeling tired while driving, that you pull over at the next safe location and rest.