Did a Bus Company's Violation of Safety Regulations Cause Your Injuries?
Safety regulations are not recommendations. They are not optional, and companies must adhere to them no matter the burden it causes their operations. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they always do, and this failure to comply is a contributing cause in many of the nearly 60,000 bus accidents in the United States each year.
Regulations Governing Passenger Carriers in the United States
Many regulations govern the operation of bus companies in the United States. However, when it comes to large vehicle accidents, violations of the following regulations are often cited as contributing causes to the accident.
- Bus operators are required to secure the appropriate registration for their vehicles. This helps ensure the vehicle remains in operational condition. It also ensures that the vehicle is equipped with the appropriate safety equipment, has appropriate seating for the vehicle's capacity, falls within the appropriate weight for the vehicle class, etc.
- Bus companies are also required to adhere to hours of service regulations. This means that companies can not require or allow drivers to drive more than 10 hours in a shift following a minimum of 8 consecutive hours "off duty." Further, companies cannot allow or require drivers to operate a bus for more than 60 hours in any 7-day period (if the company does not operate daily), or 70 hours in any 8-day period if they do operate daily.
- In the United States, bus drivers must complete the required courses and exams required to secure a CDL Class B license. They must also pass a drug test, physical exam, and criminal background check to qualify.
If you have suffered injuries due to a bus accident, a quick search of the FMCSA database can show you whether the carrier has a history of accidents and regulatory violations. If a company has a significant number of violations or just a handful of severe safety violations, regulators can step in and shut the operator down for good.
Bus accidents can cause serious injuries or death. At Welmaker Injury Law, we can help you recover damages when a motor carrier violates established safety regulations designed to keep passengers, pedestrians, and motorists safe from harm. We encourage you to contact us at (726) 666-6666 to learn more about the legal services we provide in San Antonio and surrounding communities.