A recent vote by the United States Senate approved a bill providing $109 billion for highway maintenance and improvement, as well as programs promoting road safety. The bill would give bus manufacturers deadlines for installing seatbelts, safety windows, and anti-rollover designs in the vehicles as well as requiring them to be constructed from more durable materials. . Long distance buses serve approximately 750 million riders per year, a figure comparable to the number of passengers on domestic airline flights in the same period of time. It would also require car makers to implement warning signals to encourage riders in the backseat, especially children, to buckle their seatbelts and legislate improvements for testing child safety seats for their effectiveness in head-on and side-impact collisions Under the bill, the federal government could allocate additional funding to states with stricter licensing requirements for teenagers, ignition-lock mandates for DUI offenders, and laws allowing police officers to pull over cars and issue citations for violation of seatbelt and child-safety-seat regulations. The bill also continues programs aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians cyclists, and commuters.
As a licensed Burlingame auto accident lawyer, I know all too well that the roads and highways could stand to be much safer. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an automobile accident, I strongly urge you to consider discussing your case with an experienced Sacramento auto accident lawyer.