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Choosing a Safe Bus Company for Your Trip

December 31, 1969

There's more to a busing company than just convenience and price.

When looking at commercial bus companies for your next trip, you want to make sure that you're paying for safety, too! You don't want to risk your life and the lives of your loved ones by making an uninformed decision.
Our Costa Mesa injury attorneys understand that many residents and families use this time of the year to venture out on some much-needed vacations. When planning your trip, you want to make sure that you're riding along with the safest company available. It's important that you check the company's operating authority and insurance status, its performance records, its safety results and prior complaints.

One of the simplest ways to do this is to check out the SaferBus app. This is a program that was designed by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Now, you can check these statuses 24 hours a day. Don't take the chance and "Look Before You Book!"

What to look for before choosing a busing company:

-You want to make sure that the company is allowed to be operating by the USDOT. Interstate busing companies that don't have operating authority from the USDOT should not be used. When they're not approved, they likely do not comply with federal insurance requirements.

-You want to make sure that they have high safety ratings. These ratings are based on vehicle maintenance, controlled substance and alcohol history or drivers, driver fitness, fatigued driving histories and unsafe driving records.

-You also want to look at overall safety ratings. The highest safety rating available is the "satisfactory" rating. Never choose a busing company that comes with an "unsatisfactory" rating.

-Talk with the driver before committing to a company. This isn't an odd request. Make sure that you get a good feeling from the person and you think that they will fit in with your group and that they're safe behind the wheel.

The safety information in the SaferBus app is the result of 24 months of roadside inspections/violations of company drivers and vehicles as well as U.S. DOT/FMCSA investigations of the company's safety practices. The information is stored in databases that U.S. DOT/FMCSA and its state partners use to evaluate a company's safety performance.

Once you're done browsing through the app, it's a good idea to get talking. Ask around from friends and family members and ask them if they have any recommendations.

Choosing a busing company is an important decision and should never be rushed. Make sure that you do your homework to help to ensure a safe trip! Check safety ratings, complaint reports and make sure you talk with friends and family members. It's a little bit of research that could wind up making your trip run a lot smoother.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a busing accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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