Though some particularly devastating bus crashes have made headlines of late, USA TODAY reports that many bus crashes and fatalities aren’t included among the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s statistics.
“USA TODAY found the agency has undercounted motor coach accidents and deaths on the nation’s highways since at least 1995 and has given the inaccurate numbers in testimony before Congress and in public reports on bus safety,” reports the newspaper.
Safety advocates and Senators who’ve rallied for improved bus safety say that by failing to keep track of all bus accidents, the NHTSA has made it easier for bus companies to get away with claims that their motor coaches are safe.
USA Today reports that from 1995 to 2009 there were at least 42 bus crash-related deaths that were not reported using NHTSA’s standard definition of a motor coach. Thirty-two of these deaths have occurred just since 2003.
The NHTSA has also not counted fatalities related to midsize buses. There were 42 deaths aboard midsize buses from 2000 to 2009.
An NHTSA spokeswoman told USA TODAY that it would work to improve the quality of data it receives on accidents.
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