When you step onto a city transit bus or put your child onto a school bus, you entrust the bus driver, the bus company and a host of others with you and your loved ones’ safety and security. An accident is among the last things you expect. Yet, accidents happen.
When a bus accident occurs, the consequences can be significant, both emotionally and financially, not only for the passengers on board but also for their dependents and loved ones. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards define a bus as any motorized vehicle capable of carrying more than 10 passengers. The category includes school buses, large vans used for public transport, church buses, municipal transit buses, many airport shuttles, tour buses, trolleys, and interstate carriers, such as Greyhound buses. Most of these are considered “common carriers” under the law and are therefore subject to state and federal licensing requirements and other regulations, but it is a state law that will determine if bus companies and others are liable for compensating a passenger for injuries sustained in a crash.