Car crashes are not occurring as often as they have in the past. Even collisions involving heavy trucks are decreasing, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. However, officials do not know if bus fatalities are following the same pattern. The Transportation Department calculates how many fatalities occur during car and truck crashes by the number of miles driven, but it does not compile these numbers for intercity bus accidents. Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that four crashes involving heavy trucks and buses could have been avoided if officials had been paying attention to the warning signals. Some of the companies that owned the vehicles in question were shut down, but this was after 25 people lost their lives and 83 experienced injuries. After a collision between a vehicle and a heavy truck or a bus, a qualified 18 wheeler accidents attorney may be necessary. The owners of these trucks and buses work very hard to demonstrate that their drivers are not at fault for accidents such as these. You will need truck accident lawyers who know the tricks that truck or bus companies will use to avoid paying if you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash. You may need ongoing monetary compensation for years, and a truck accident attorney is the best way to ensure that you receive it. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration It has been the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's job to regulate the safety of commercial trucks and buses. As a result, the administration closed more than 100 unsafe companies between 2010 and 2013. According to the agency's administrator Anne S. Ferro, this was an increase. Between 2000 and 2009, the agency only shut down one unsafe company per year. Ferro also stated that the agency began to review its own practices two years ago. A Tragedy in Tennessee The last of the four deadly crashes ended in tragedy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On a clear and dry day, an H&O Transport truck ran into the back of an Oldsmobile Alero that subsequently burst into flames. Two of the people riding in the Alero died, and six passengers of other vehicles sustained injuries. The H&O Transport truck hit eight vehicles after these cars had stopped for an earlier accident. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there had been a problem with this particular driver and this particular transportation company in the past. Officials at the administration knew that this driver had violated the agency's "hours-of-service" rules and regulations. They also knew that the company allowed its drivers to violate these laws by committing scheduling violations. After an investigation, officials determined that the driver violated the agency's rules and regulations on the day of the collision. Truck operators are only allowed to drive 70 hours in an eight-day interval. By the time the aforementioned crash occurred, the operator had already driven more than 10 hours over the limit. Officials also stated that he had been speeding right before the crash occurred and that he was operating the vehicle on cruise control. Another Deadly Accident in California Another deadly accident happened in the San Bernardino National Forest in California when a Mexican-owned bus ran into the back of a vehicle. Then, it traveled into the opposing lane where it overturned and collided with a pick-up truck. The pick-up truck's driver was killed along with seven bus passengers. The bus driver and eleven other bus riders were hurt. In an investigation, the board discovered that every one of the brakes on this bus contained defects. Officials at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration knew that this bus had several mechanical issues after a spot-check. However, the Transportation Department did not take the bus line off of the highways until after the tragic accident.