PAWTUCKET, R.I., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the tragic tour bus accidents in New England, New York, and New Jersey, Rhode Island personal injury attorney Raymond A. Pacia applauds the recent announcement by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that it will conduct an investigation of the discount tour bus industry.
The NTSB plans to review both the regulatory and operational practices in the discount tour bus industry, and it will take a critical look at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the safety watchdog formed to prevent fatalities and injuries related to commercial motor vehicles. The NTSB investigation is expected to take about six months.
"It is unfortunate that it took tragedies such as these to bring about this investigation," Pacia said. "Every day I see how catastrophic accidents can affect both injury victims and their families. I applaud anything that can be done to make the roads safer and prevent traumatic injuries."
On March 12, 15 people died when a discount bus returning from a Connecticut casino flipped on the New England Thruway in the Bronx and crashed into a metal traffic pole, shearing off the top of the bus.
Two days later, the driver and a passenger were killed when a bus headed from New York City's Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Just one week after that, a bus travelling from Quebec to Boston crashed on I-93 in New Hampshire, injuring the two dozen Korean tourists who were on board.
Most recently, one passenger died and another was critically injured when they fell out of the window of a moving tour bus on Route 2 in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
New York Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez have said this investigation is comparable to the NTSB investigation that led to mandatory changes in airline safety after the 2009 commuter plane crash in Buffalo.
About Raymond A. Pacia, Attorney at Law, LTD.
For more than three decades, Rhode Island personal injury attorney Raymond A. Pacia has been providing his skilled legal support to his personal injury clients. Mr. Pacia handles a wide range of personal injury cases ranging from personal injury to workers compensation and premises liability.
To celebrate his 30 years in practice, Mr. Pacia started the Ray Pacia Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides financial assistance to charities that promote the health, safety, and welfare of children. Mr. Pacia donates a percentage of his legal fees to the Foundation. Its officers and directors receive no salary, and all of the money is used for charitable purposes. The formation of the Foundation reflects Mr. Pacia's acute appreciation for the faith, confidence, and trust his clients have placed in him for the past 30 years and his desire to use the fruits of his labor to help our children.
For more information, contact Raymond Pacia online or call 401- RA PACIA (401-727-2242).
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