The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt
Free Consultation | Se Habla Español
Toll Free: 877-214-8431
Local: 909-766-1994

How do I know if my bus company is safe?

Bus travel is very affordable, comfortable and convenient, but it can also be dangerous if the bus company doesn't adhere to safety standards. As such, California bus passengers should always place an emphasis on safety when selecting a bus company. Indeed, cost and convenience are important considerations but they shouldn't take center stage if a cheaper bus line could jeopardize your safety.

Here are a few things that bus passengers should look out for and avoid when selecting a bus line:

-- Poorly maintained buses that do not have required safety equipment. This increases the chance of a crash and/or breakdown.

-- Bus companies that do not comply with federal safety standards. Some companies don't employ qualified and licensed commercial drivers, and some don't follow Hours of Service regulations that mandate rest for drivers to avoid fatigue.

-- Bus companies that do not maintain their registrations that authorize interstate commercial operations.

Safety ratings are also important to check before buying a bus ticket. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes assessments and ratings of bus companies awarding the "satisfactory" rating as the highest in safety. "Conditional" is the second highest rating, and it indicates that a bus company has violations on record but is still permitted to operate. "Unsatisfactory" indicates that the bus company is no longer permitted to operate.

In the event of a bus crash, injured parties may be able to seek financial restitution from the bus company and/or other at-fault parties. In reviewing the viability of such a personal injury claim, attorneys will also look at evidence pertaining to the above safety ratings and registration statuses of the bus company in question.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Look Before You Book," accessed Sep. 23, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get Help Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt
363 S. Park Ave., Suite 300
Pomona, CA 91766

Toll Free: 877-214-8431
Phone: 909-766-1994
Fax: 909-629-7390
Pomona Law Office Map

Review Us