Many groups and organizations in Illinois use charter buses for excursions to events and activities. These large buses are an excellent way for a large group to travel and enjoy the trip along with their destination. While buses are a safe mode of transportation, there are always exceptions where passengers are injured when charter bus companies are not diligent in performing needed maintenance on their buses or hire drivers that are negligent in their duties. When accidents occur on a charter bus trip, not only is a fun event ruined, but also the passengers may be injured and suffer financially costly losses.
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Charter Bus Regulations
The charter bus industry is lumped together with all motorcoaches regulated by several state and federal agencies. In 2012, President Obama signed the “Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act of 2012” outlining safety regulations the industry is expected to meet. The federal agencies' new safety action plan act details some significant concerns that have contributed to motorcoach fatalities over a ten-year period.
- Driver Fatigue. Operating the bus while fatigued was the leading cause of fatalities studied in the motorcoach industry;
- Vehicle condition. The condition of the bus is the 2nd highest contributor to fatality accidents;
- Medical condition. The driver’s medical condition was the 3rd highest factor in fatality accidents involving motorcoaches.
This new focus on motorcoach safety was spurred by the fatalities that occurred in 2011. There were a total of 28 deaths in eight fatality crashes that brought national attention to the industry and the lack of adherence to safety standards. In 2010, there were 1,044 compliance reviews performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on motorcoach companies, and most compliance violations concerned driver records of duty status and hours of service. These statistics correlate with the concern over driver fatigue and medical condition.
Illinois Charter Bus Accident Responsibility to Provide Safe Transportation
When a passenger is injured in a charter bus accident, there may be several parties that could be held responsible for the injury. Depending on the circumstance, an Illinois bus accident law firm representing the injured passenger may look at:
- Charter Bus Company. The company that owns and operates the bus is responsible for the maintenance of the bus, the hiring of qualified drivers and meeting all state and federal safety regulations.
- Bus driver. In the case of driver negligence, the driver may be at fault as well as the company that hired them.
- Other drivers. If an accident is the fault of another vehicle, that driver may be liable for injuries.
- Defective equipment. Tire blowouts are common problems on large buses, which if due to a lack of maintenance by the charter company, the company may be liable. However, if the blowout is the result of a manufacturer defect, the tire company may be financially responsible.
Most charter bus lawsuits are extraordinarily complex and need experienced attorneys who understand the federal laws and regulations that govern the industry. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a charter bus accident, our attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC invite you to meet with our Chicago injury legal team for a free consultation. Our attorneys are experienced in handling bus passenger injury litigation and will fight for your right for financial compensation.
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