Calls For Further Safety Reforms Following Cornish Coach Tragedy

Legal Experts Specialising In Helping Crash Victims Call For Answers And Improvements In Bus And Coach Safety


Lawyers who represent victims of coach crashes across the globe have called for a thorough investigation to be carried out into the fatal crash in Cornwall this week and reiterated their calls for safety improvements.
Two passengers were killed and at least four others were left seriously injured in the fatal crash which involved a coach owned by Carmel Coaches of Exeter when it collided with a wall on a steep hill on the A387 at Morval on Tuesday (May 13th).
The 57-year-old driver of the coach from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken into police custody, before subsequently being released on bail until August 11th.
Specialist lawyers from national law firm Irwin Mitchell have acted for injured victims and the families of those killed in more than 20 serious bus and coach crashes across the world. The firm currently represents 25 children and adults from Alvechurch Middle School near Birmingham who were seriously injured in a fatal coach crash in France in February 2012.
The legal experts also currently act for 14 injured passengers from a coach crash on Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps that occurred in April 2013, in which the vehicle’s driver was killed and many others were left seriously injured.

Expert Opinion
The reports of the tragedy in Cornwall obviously raise a number of very serious concerns and a key priority at present must be the thorough investigation of what caused this terrifying crash.

"Through our work for the victims of so many other tragic bus and coach crashes, we have seen first-hand the terrible effect that incidents of this kind have on those who are left seriously injured, their families and of course the families of those who have so sadly lost their lives.

"It is vital that everyone affected receives the treatment, therapies and support they need at such a difficult time.

"All of those involved and their loved ones will also have many questions regarding the incident and will, no doubt, be keen for urgent answers regarding both what caused the coach to crash and what will be done to reduce the risk of an event like this happening again.

"It is also imperative that, where possible, lessons can be learned from this terrible event.

"Very little is so far known regarding what caused this crash and it is vital that everything possible is done to pinpoint the cause. Through our experience of previous similar coach crashes we know that a variety of factors can play a part, with driver fatigue and driver error commonly being major contributing factors.

"For many years we have called for more to be done to improve coach safety both in the UK and abroad, including more stringent regulation of coach operators, improved driver training, supervision and monitoring as well as a greater emphasis on selection of the safest possible routes.

"Our thoughts are obviously with all those who have been injured and the families of those who have so tragically lost their lives. I am sure that the police will investigate this incident with the thoroughness and diligence which we all expect in these circumstances.

"Finally, we call upon those in the bus and coach transport industry and the Government to learn from this and other recent incidents and take effective measures to improve coach and bus safety to prevent a repeat of future tragedies like this."
Jonathan Peacock, Partner

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