Video footage from a public transportation bus will be evaluated for clues to the cause of a head-on collision with a passenger vehicle on the morning of May 1 in Pittsburgh. The driver of the passenger vehicle, the bus driver and two bus passengers suffered injuries, according to officials.
Car recalls can be the result of a relatively minor part malfunction or of deadly accidents involving defective vehicles. Agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are responsible for tracking these patterns as they are reported by car owners. The manufacturers are also responsible for reporting any complaints that they receive from consumers. But a series of reports over the last several years have only recently become the focus of a serious investigation by the NHTSA and General Motors, the manufacturer of the allegedly defective car. Some of the reports involve vehicle accidents, and in one case a Pennsylvania woman was killed.
Hit and run resulting in death is one of the most serious crimes a driver can commit. The reasons drivers give for leaving the scene of an accident usually have something to do with fear, but no explanation of fear will prevent a hit-and-run driver from facing criminal charges. Victims or their families also have a right to hold negligent or reckless drivers accountable in civil court.