Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that the final rule has been issued to make sure that all seats on new motorcoaches and large buses are equipped with seat belts. The new rule was created to increase the safety of these vehicles by helping to reduce the risks of death or serious injury in the event of a frontal crash and to help to reduce the risk of occupant ejection during a rollover accident.
"Today's rule is a significant step forward in our efforts to improve motorcoach safety," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Our personal injury attorneys in Vero Beach know there is, on average, 8,000 motorcoach occupants injured each year in traffic collisions. Officials believe that the requirement of seat belts on these vehicles will help to reduce the risk of passenger death by nearly 45 percent and the risk for severe injury by close to 50 percent.