The Department of Transportation found that the Bus Driver for the Tornado Bus Company, based in Dallas, Texas was driving too many hours. The practice of allowing driving to exceed the maximum hours of road time presents dangers to the passengers of the Tornado Buses and all other drivers on the roadway.
Too many hours means the Tornado Bus Company disregarded the passengers' safety.
Too many hours means Tornado Bus Company is responsible for four deaths from just one recent Tornado Bus Company accident.
Companies like the Tornado Bus Company should be held accountable and should be forced to pay those individuals that are injured or killed.
Basically when a company violates a rule or law and someone is wrongfully killed as a result of that violation, in my opinion it should be deemed a murder.
What happens in this country when someone commits murder? They go to prison for life or receive the death sentence.
The Tornado Bus Company should receive the death sentence, in my opinion, and be shut down.
The Department of Transportation ordered Tornado of Dallas to cease all commercial transportation operations immediately, until the matter was corrected. And unfortunately, the Tornado Bus Company has since been allowed to re-open.
The Department found Tornado poses imminent hazard to its passengers for letting (encouraging) its drivers to operate buses more than the maximum time allowed.
Additionally, it was determined that Tornado was also falsifying records. I wish we could punish the management and leadership of Tornado who obviously allowed this felonious behavior.
Melissa DeLaney, a U.S. Dept of Transportation spokesperson said, "This is a flagrant disregard for our federal laws." Mrs. DeLaney is right. Tornado did not care about following our laws. Tornado only cared about one thing...MONEY! Well, how do you put a price on the lives they took and seriously injured?
Felix Badillo Tapia from Texas had been driving the Tornado bus for more than 10 hours continuously on November 25th when he fell asleep and drove across the median.
The Tornado bus hit a truck and a tractor-trailer. Three people on the bus was killed and one of the other drivers.
Forty-six passengers were heading from Milwaukee to Dallas. Let's say a prayer for this folks who have lost loved ones or have experiences injuries at the hands of the Tornado bus company.
Tornado Bus Company was falsifying records when it listed a co-driver for Tapia. Payroll records from Tornado indicated the named (alleged) co-driver was actually off duty in El Paso at the time of the accident.
Tornado was fined $57,680 since 2001 for violating hours of service requirements and falsifying records. This means that Tornado would rather pay these small fines that follow the rules. It is time to hold these wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
In our opinion the Tornado Bus Company is dirty and we believe they are rule breakers. They have a history of non-compliance and violations.
It has been alleged that Tornado has illegally dispatched drivers alone on routes lasting as long as 17 hours without back-up drivers.
We believe that the Tornado doesn't care if it breaks the law.
Imagine what laws they have broken and rules they have violated that we do not even know about yet.
Families have lost loved ones and good people have been wrongfully killed and injured at the hands of Tornado Bus Company.
When the Tornado Bus Company injures or killed they should be held accountable for their actions. Call the Carabin Shaw Law Firm, our Lawyers can meet with you for free anywhere in the United States.
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