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U. S. Senate passes bill to improve tour bus safety

Five years ago, a tour bus carrying the baseball team from Bluffton University in Ohio crashed in predawn darkness in Atlanta. I was part of the litigation team of Ohio and Georgia lawyers who represented the team members and their families. We finally concluded the cases last summer.

As a direct result of the Bluffton team bus crash, today the United States Senate passed a bill on tour bus safety that would, if enacted into law, require safety belts and stronger seating systems to protect occupants of such buses, improve driver training, and require anti-ejection glazing windows to prevent passengers from being thrown out of the motorcoach.

It remains to be seen what, if anything, will happen in the House of Representatives.

Ken Shigley, President of the State Bar of Georgia, is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice, Ken has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine), among the “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

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