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Should Georgia School Buses Use Three-Point Seatbelts?

The driver of a school bus that crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee in late 2016 was recently found guilty of six counts of negligent homicide. In November 2016, the school bus was carrying 37 elementary school students when it tipped over and crashed into a tree. Six children died in the crash. In another crash that occurred in late January, a Houston County school bus overturned while transporting 35 students. One student died in the crash and multiple others suffered injuries. School buses use compartmentalization to protect students from the impact forces caused by a collision This is why many large school buses do not have seat belts. High seatbacks with padding, close seating and energy-absorbing technology can sometimes protect bus occupants during a wreck. However, compartmentalization cannot protect children in crashes like those that occurred in Chattanooga and Houston County. Rollover crashes can kill or severely injure school bus occupants…
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Chrysler Was 99 Percent at Fault in Wrongful Death Suit

Chrysler was reported last year to have filed an appeal on a high-profile 2012 case involving the death of a child in a Jeep accident. According to the original accident report, a 4-year-old boy burned to death after a Jeep was rear-ended. The fire happened due to the Jeep’s ruptured fuel tank located behind the rear axle. The driver liable for the accident was charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree. Chrysler, on the other hand, was found to be 99 percent at fault for the accident. Attorneys on the case argued that Chrysler had been aware of the design flaw regarding the installation of the fuel tank located behind the rear axle. In the end, the auto company was ordered to pay $120 million in wrongful death damages and $30 million in pain and suffering damages. However, the recent appeal by Chrysler argues that the amount ordered is…
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What Caused the Deadly Amtrak Accident in Seattle?

Devastation struck DuPont, Washington on Monday, December 18 when the Amtrak Cascades 501 train derailed on its maiden voyage from Seattle to Portland. The train was carrying 86 people when it rounded a curve at nearly three times the speed limit. It left the tracks and hurled passenger cars off an overpass and into rush hour traffic on the road below. More than 100 people were hospitalized and at least three passengers were killed. Speed was obviously a factor in this crash, but why was the train moving at 80 mph around a 30-mph curve? The train’s engineer has not yet been interviewed at the time of this writing, and it is hoped that his statement could shed light on the cause of this catastrophic train accident. Another question that is being asked: could positive train control (PTC) have prevented the accident? The Fight for Positive Train Control Systems Positive…
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