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Outdated Insurance Standards Leave Crash Victims Out in the Cold

Claude, a Montana native, was incredibly excited because he just got a great deal on a new pickup truck in Portland, Oregon. Claude was planning a one-way bus ride to collect his new truck, but Claude never got the chance to drive the truck off the lot. The bus Claude was riding was traveling upwards of 65 mph on roads that had been described as “ice skating rinks,” when it hit a patch of black ice, rolled, and landed in a median on U.S. Interstate 90. 

The catastrophic crash took two lives, and injured 33 others. As reported by local new agencies, following the crash, the federal government shut down the bus service for safety violations, including deferred maintenance. 

The civil justice system is vital to holding negligent trucking bus companies accountable and provides compensation for those killed or injured by unsafe trucks and buses. However, outdated and insufficient insurance rules undermine the economic incentives to safety provided by the courts.

As the number and size of trucks and buses on U.S. roads grows, so does the danger to passengers and other drivers. Fundamental, market-based change is needed to ensure successful, safe roadways for all Americans. 

Be sure to read Claude’s full story here