Early Monday morning, there was a bus crash near Lincoln, Alabama on Interstate 20. This was a greyhound bus. According to the Birmingham News, there were 32 people on the bus, and 21 people were sent to Birmingham area hospitals.
According to the State Troopers, the front driver’s side tire blew and caused the driver to lose control, hit the guardrail, and crash into a bridge column. Apparently, this crash caused a huge traffic problem in light of the race fans leaving NASCAR’s Aaron’s 500 on Monday morning.
Many people think these types of accidents just happen, but usually, there is some negligence involved. Buses are governed under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations promulgated by the Department of Transportation. As such, drivers and companies are responsible for the safety of their passengers. They must conduct pre-trip inspections which include the inspection of tires.
Who knows if this bus was properly maintained? Did the driver conduct a pre-trip inspection? Was the tire worn? Did they properly rotate the tires? There are reasons for engaging in these activities – mainly to keep people safe and prevent accidents. Fortunately, in this case, no other vehicles were involved, and apparently, no one was seriously injured.
These passengers trust their lives to the drivers and companies of these commercial vehicles. Consequently, the drivers and companies need to take their jobs and their safety inspections seriously. Maybe this was a case of a defective tire, but if not, it is a shame that individuals had to be injured in order to reinforce the necessity of safety inspections.