Earlier this month we talked about the fatal bus crash involving Sky Express Inc., a charter bus company that was transporting passengers from Greensboro N.C. to New York City. The crash occurred on I-95 in Virginia. Since the accident, the driver of the bus, Kin Yiu Cheung, of Flushing, NY has been charged with four charges of involuntary manslaughter and can face up to 10 years of in prison for each charge.
Despite the government’s attempt to shut down Sky Express for safety violations, the company continues to operate under a new name with newly painted buses. The company had a poor record in “fatigued driving” over the past two years, with a total of 46 violations of federal regulations.
Because of all the recent bus accidents, the New York state senate recently passed legislation requiring all bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. Drivers will have to go through a 90 day conditional period while the background check is being undertaken.
This Sky Express bus accident in particular has raised concern about the low fare bus industry and their lack of concern about safety. If you are someone who travels by bus frequently, it may be in your best interest to do some research on the bus companies you travel with. If anything, paying the extra fare on a Greyhound or Amtrak train could be better for the sake of safety.
At O’Bryan Law Firm we help victims of bus accidents, truck accidents, or car wrecks. As a Richmond personal injury lawyer, I am dedicated to protecting your rights and making sure that you are justly compensated because of a negligent driver.
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