In may 2016, a transport truck rear-ended an Ontario school bus, putting one adult and seven children in the hospital. At 8 AM, a westbound tanker truck slammed into the bus, which was stopped to pick up two children. The bus, which was stopped with its overhead flashing lights and stop arm extended, was sent careening into oncoming traffic.
It’s not yet clear what caused the accident, and an investigation is ongoing. That said, it seems pretty clear that one of two parties are at fault here: either the driver wasn’t paying attention, or there was something wrong with his vehicle. Either way, it’s a story we’ve already heard far too many times.
And it’s a sobering account, too. It’s one thing to be concerned about colliding with a transport truck when you’re driving a mid-sized automobile – we know there’s the constant danger of that happening. But public transportation, especially the school bus, is supposed to be safer, isn’t it?
That’s the thing, though. A trucking company that overworks its staff or fails to maintain its vehicles doesn’t just put drivers at risk. It endangers everyone on the road.
Children riding the bus to school. Their parents, on the bus to work. Even pedestrians crossing at a busy intersection.
These companies need to be taken to task for what they’re doing. Drivers and management need to be held accountable. Because if they aren’t, stories like the one above are going to keep happening.
And next time, the bus that gets knocked into oncoming traffic might not be lucky enough to avoid further damage. It might be more than just seven children sent to the hospital, or worse.
Granted, we’ve come a long way from ten years ago, when corruption ran rampant, especially in the long-haul trucking industry. But even so, we haven’t quashed it altogether. Trucking companies need greater oversight, and heavier penalties for violating the law.
Because until such time as that happens, corrupt firms are going to continue giving all the trucking companies that are entirely above-board a bad name. They’re going to keep cutting corners, because it costs less, even with a regulatory fine. In short, they’re going to keep putting everybody else at risk.
Bormaster law has a long history of locking horns with corrupt and maliciously incompetent trucking agencies. If you or a loved one has been injured by one such firm, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll ensure that they get what’s coming to them, and that you’re justly repaid for your suffering.