Planning a Bus Trip For Your Group? Important Safety Tips to Remember

by Carmen Dellutri on November 19, 2012

Naples accident attorneySchools, churches, and community groups often charter buses to transport large groups for tours, trips, and other events, particularly around the holidays.  If you are tasked with ensuring that your group travels safely, it is important to do your research.

As Fort Myers accidents attorneys, we know firsthand that not all bus companies follow the required safety standards. Therefore, it is important to verify the following information:

  • Safety Performance History: Check the bus company’s safety performance results.
  • Safety Rating: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rates bus companies’ safety performance. The top rating is satisfactory. Bus companies with a conditional safety rating may pose a higher risk, and companies with a final unsatisfactory safety rating should not be operating.
  • Operating Authority and Insurance Requirements: Bus companies charging a fee to provide interstate transportation must obtain operating authority from FMCSA. If the company operates a bus that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, it must have a minimum of $5 million in insurance coverage.

The FMCSA also recently launched a SaferBus mobile application, which provide 24/7 access to important bus safety information. For instance, the app alerts consumers to illegal interstate bus companies that should not be operating and provides access to up to 24 months of a bus company’s safety performance data.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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