Recently, a California charter bus crashed near San Diego, killing three people and causing multiple personal injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown.
While in general bus travel is safe – and the preferred method to travel to many tourist destinations – many buses are simply too dangerous to be on the road. One analysis found that roughly 15 percent of buses are not road-ready for a variety of reasons. For example, many have serious defects such as faulty brakes, worn tires, and cracked frames. These issues place both passengers and others on the road at risk. Random roadside inspections continue to pull buses off the road due to violations. However, those companies responsible for putting unsafe vehicles on the road rarely face punishment or pay fines, leaving dangerous buses on our highways.
If you are travelling by bus, several tips exists that may help when booking your next trip. These include checking your buses background online, such as visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Passenger Carrier Safety page. Other tips include learning about passenger safety, and any special provisions unique to the bus you’ve selected. It’s also important to remember to buckle up. Statistics show that passengers tend to be more lax concerning basic safety when hiring a vehicle, rather than driving on their own.
Finally, if you do experience any trouble as a passenger, be sure to report it to your driver or the company, so that they can address the issue sooner rather than later.
For more information about bus travel safety, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a tour bus accident, please contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.