Bus Drivers Must Operate With A Higher Set Of Standards Than Regular Drivers

Bus Drivers Must Operate With A Higher Set Of Standards Than Regular Drivers

Chances are you’ve been a passenger on a bus at some point in your life. Whether it’s a school bus, a public bus or a tourist bus, drivers must adhere to strict rules. Driving a bus is an immense responsibility.Under Florida law, buses are considered “common carriers.” As it pertains to buses, this classification means that the carrier transports people who seek their service and is therefore held to a high standard of care for those individuals. While the bus itself must meet safety standards to transport passengers, the operator of the vehicle is responsible for taking the highest degree of care to ensure passenger safety as well.However, as we all know, accidents happen. Here in the bustling city of Miami, bus drivers are tested daily navigating crowded city streets and highways. Reasons for bus accidents include:

  • High-speed drivers
  • Bus driver error
  • Road conditions
  • Bus equipment failures
  • Blind spots
  • Errors of other drivers on the road

To avoid accidents, bus drivers have a duty to:

  • Not allow passenger overcrowding
  • Not start or stop suddenly
  • Not drive erratically
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Properly use indication signals such as blinkers and crossing signs

Plus, did you know that if an accident occurs on a highway, the bus driver must ensure passenger safety by staying inside of the vehicle and not exiting onto the freeway?

With advancements in technology, most buses are now equipped with cameras, which can be very useful as evidence in determining fault. If someone you know was injured or killed in a bus accident, the attorneys at Panter, Panter & Sampedro may be able to help. Give us a call to discuss your potential case. Our phone lines are open 24/7. In addition, all personal injury cases are paid for on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay any fees unless we obtain a settlement on your behalf.

Panter, Panter & Sampedro may be reached via panterlaw.com or 305-662-6178. The office is located in the Panter Building (6950 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL, 33156).