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Most Party Bus Accidents Result In A Death, Stats Show

Posted on August 24, 2016

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. --- When two passengers fell out a window of a party bus operated by a North Attleboro company Sunday onto an East Boston highway, only one of them managed to escape grave odds.

In 22 incidents between January 2009 and August 2013 involving party buses in the United States and British Columbia, 18 of the accidents resulted in at least one death, according to a 2014 report by the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Twenty-one people died across all the accidents, and another 48 were injured.

Some believe owners of buses should be doing more to prevent tragedy on their vehicles. After some party bus accidents drew media attention in 2013, an article in Limousine, Charter & Tour Magazine offered suggestions to make party bus excursions safer.

In the piece, called "Time For A Party Bus Smackdown," publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson argued for more training for drivers, higher-quality vehicles and stricter rules for passengers.

"Operators should seriously consider a 'pull-over policy' that requires them to stop the bus and find a safe place to park if passengers would like to dance aboard the bus," she wrote. "For party bus operators, your revenue and your reputation are on the line."

The Sun-Chronicle article here

Related Topics: alcoholic beverages, deaths, difficult clients, drunk passengers, fatalities, liability, Massachusetts operators, party buses, passenger safety

Comments ( 5 )
  • Nick Micaletti

     | about 2 years ago

    Donna, having a chaperon or server as you call, is great! Why not have 2 or 3 on each bus? Realistically, 1 chaperon can not watch 50 adult children simultaneously. The other problem is, who is going to pay for the extra employees? Also, Ditto on what Kevin and Anthony said.

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