A recent charter bus crash in Biloxi, Mississippi highlights the dangers of bus travel. In that case, four people were killed and 40 others were injured when a charter bus headed home from a casino trip became stuck on train tracks and was struck by a train.
Although nothing in the case so far indicates that the bus company or the driver had a poor safety record, there have been plenty of situations in which either a bus driver or the charter company responsible for a devastating accident had a history of safety violations.
Any time you or a loved one plans to take a bus, it’s important to check the safety record of the company. You can do this with a free app provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The SaferBus app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and it allows users to:
- Find out if an interstate bus company has been placed out of service for operating illegally.
- Determine if a bus company has an unsatisfactory safety rating.
- Find out if a bus company is not allowed to transport passengers due to inadequate insurance.
- Check the status of the bus company’s inspections
- View the operating status of the bus company by Company Name, Department of Transportation number, or MC number.
The app also displays information about a charter company’s history of unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance, driver fitness, controlled substances and alcohol, and vehicle maintenance.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, or a collision involving a bus or charter bus, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Don’t wait to speak to an attorney. Call an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.