Summertime is a known time when people take vacations. While some people prefer to travel by plane, others would rather take a road trip in a car or bus. If you are planning a bus trip this summer, there are some things you may want to consider to reduce your chances of being involved in a Georgia bus accident.
As Fulton County accident attorneys, we always prioritize safety on the roads. We have seen the reality of bus accidents, truck wrecks, and car crashes, and we would like to help people minimize their chances of ever being involved or injured in one.
If you are planning on traveling by bus to reach your destination, you should be aware of the federal requirements for motorcoach safety. There are specific regulations that apply to commercial busses. It is important that you choose a bus company that complies with federal requirements enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
FMCSA is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing commercial motor vehicle laws to increase the public’s safety. They have highlighted some important tips that travelers should consider before selecting a bus company to transport them:
- Safety performance results. Investigate the bus company’s performance history to find out whether there have been safety concerns.
- Safety rating. Each bus company is rated by FMCSA on their safety performance. It is not recommended to ride on a bus that has a ‘conditional’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ safety rating, as this could put you at a higher risk for being in a Georgia bus crash.
- Insurance coverage. If the bus is traveling between states and is designed to carry 16 or more passengers, it should have a minimum of $5 million in insurance coverage.
- Complaints. See whether the bus company has any consumer complaints. You can find out by calling FMCSA’s hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238).
When considering your travel options, you do not need to rule out bus travel. Simply do your homework so that you can minimize your crash risks and help ensure your safety. Be aware that even if you do your research, bus accidents in Atlanta and across this nation still can occur due to bus driver error or the negligence of another driver on the road.
If you have been hurt in a Georgia bus crash, you should speak with an experienced accident attorney today. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to receive a complimentary case consultation and to find out more about your rights.