Buses provide a convenient and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation for those who prefer to leave the driving to someone else.

It’s not something people usually think about, but buses are a lot more common than we realize. There are many kinds of buses – from school buses to public transportation buses, to Greyhound buses, charter buses, tour buses and motor coaches. About 700 million people are transported by motor coach every year in the United States.

Finally, after trying for almost half a century – a new Federal rule, starting in November 2016, requires all new motor coaches and buses that provide service between cities to be equipped with seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the buses will have to be equipped by manufacturers with a three-point lap-shoulder belt. This rule does not apply to school buses or city transit buses.

According to statistics, approximately 8,000 people are injured annually in large bus accidents – some are killed. Seat belts could reduce fatalities and moderate-to-severe injuries by nearly half. About half of all motor coach fatalities are the result of rollovers, and about 70 percent of those killed were ejected from the bus.

By adding seat belts, the safety for all passengers and the drivers are increased, especially in a rollover crash. Back in 1968 was the first time the National Transportation Safety Board first recommended that seat belts be placed in motor coaches.

Since the board first made its recommendation, hundreds of passengers have died and even more have been injured, many severely.

In addition, new regulations on windows and roofs are expected to be proposed next year.

If you or a loved one was involved in a bus accident, call a caring personal injury attorney at the law offices of Maggiano DiGirolamo & Lizzi to evaluate your case and determine all the possible claims you might have against negligent parties.