Deadly Megabus Crash Prompts Tire Safety Bulletin

In our last post we discussed a lawsuit brought by a 19-year-old DePaul student who was injured in the deadly Aug 2. Megabus crash in downstate Illinois. Another college student also filed a lawsuit against the bus company for injuries that he suffered during the crash.

The bus accident caused the 24-year-old Columbia College student to break both of his legs and fractured the student’s arm, hip, ankle, heel, and pelvis. Dozens of negligence lawsuits are expected to be filed against the company in the next few weeks as injured victims and their families consult with their attorneys.

The crash also prompted a warning bulletin to be issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA says that motorcoach buses such as the Megabus can exceed safe weight limits when fully occupied. This can cause a tire blowout similar to the one that is blamed for the Litchfield crash that killed one and injured dozens.

“A tire on a motorcoach loaded beyond its weight rating and operated at highway speeds for a significant period of time is more likely to overheat and fail, potentially placing the safety of passengers and other motorists at risk,” the agency said, adding that it would shut down any motorcoach companies that fail to comply with federal safety law.