When you board a charter bus, you trust that the private bus company has hired a qualified, diligent driver. And yet, sometimes that expectation isn't met. Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of charter bus accidents in the U.S. If you've been hurt in a charter bus wreck because the driver fell asleep at the wheel, here's what you need to know:
Who's At Fault for Your Texas Charter Bus Accident?
Usually, the bus line is at fault for breaking federal regulations and failing to enforce proper safety standards for their drivers. In Texas, charter bus drivers aren't allowed to drive for more than 10 hours at a time, and they must take 8 hour breaks between shifts. The Department of Transportation requires drivers to log their traveled miles and hours of operation to ensure they're complying with these rules.
Still, some bus companies pressure their drivers into working more hours so that they can transport more people and make more money. If a charter bus driver wrecks and there's evidence that a company has knowingly allowed that driver to work longer than they should, the bus company is liable.
Hurt By a Drowsy Driver?
Whether or not you were on board the charter bus that wrecked, the company is responsible for paying for your damages. Convincing them to give you a fair settlement, however, won't be easy. I know firsthand how charter bus companies will deny fault for the accident, even when they have a history of hiring bad drivers or when their driver fell asleep at the wheel.
If you've been injured in a charter bus accident in Dallas-Fort Worth and you suspect the driver was drowsy, give me a call at 817-294-1900. I'll conduct a proper investigation, interview witnesses and gather the right evidence to ensure you will make a full recovery.