A few days ago, Arizona Republic reporter Robert Anglen called me out of the blue to talk about the lack of seat belts in buses, following a crash in Utah that killed nine passengers. Here’s what he wrote about our conversation:
Georgia lawyer Ken Shigley, who specializes in bus and truck accidents, says that approach is tantamount to the industry saying, "Mama didn’t make me."
After the tour-bus accident in Florida on Jan. 2, Shigley wrote on his firm’s Web site that the crash once again illustrated a need for seat belts on buses.
Passengers described breaking windows and being scattered from their seats after a car rammed the tour bus and the driver lost control on a highway. The bus tore through a guardrail, veered across the road and slammed into a wall.
"If the manufacturers spent as much on safety as they do on lobbyists, a lot of lives could be saved," he says.
Shigley represents survivors of a tour bus crash in Atlanta last year that killed six and injured 29 members of an Ohio university baseball team.
Shigley says if seat belts and safety glass had been installed in the bus, the outcome would have been significantly different. As it stands now, Shigley says, accidents keep happening, and the bus industry keeps blaming the government for failing to enact standards.
"If they (bus industry) embraced it and helped it happen, it would happen," he says.
The same article appears at Fox11AZ.com.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" inGeorgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck and bus accidents.