Many groups and organizations in Illinois use charter buses for excursions to events and activities. These large buses are a great way for a large group to travel and enjoy the trip as well as the destination.While these buses are generally 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 left with injuries and losses that are financially costly.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to providing uncompromising legal representation for people injured in Illinois charter bus accidents. If you your loved one was a passenger or motorist involved in a charter bus crash in Illinois, our Chicago bus accident law firm is here to assist. As with all of our injury cases, we only charge a legal fee when there is a recovery for you. Complete our contact form for a free review of your case.Charter Bus Regulations
The charter bus industry is lumped in with all motor coaches and is regulated by several state and federal agencies. In 2012, President Obama signed the “Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act of 2012” which outlines safety regulations that are expected to be met by the industry. In the action plan for this new safety act, the federal agencies involved outlined some major concerns that have contributed to motorcoach fatalities over a ten-year period.
- Driver Fatigue. This was the top root cause of fatalities studied in the motorcoach industry
- Vehicle condition. The 2nd highest contributor to fatality accidents was the condition of the bus
- 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 and 8 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 the most compliance violations were in reference to driver records of duty status and hours of service. These directly tie in 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 happens that is the fault of another vehicle or driver, they may be liable for injuries.
- Defective equipment. Tire blowouts are a common issue on large buses. If this is due to incorrect maintenance by the charter company, then they may be liable. However, if it is a manufacturer defect, the tire company may be liable.
Most charter bus lawsuits are extremely complex and need experienced attorneys that 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 invite you to meet with our Chicago injury attorneys for a free consultation. Although these cases are complicated, our attorneys are experienced in handling bus passenger injury litigation and will fight for your right for financial compensation.
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