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Odds of having a safe bus trip can depend on the driver

There is an old idiom that goes, "You pays your money and you takes your chances." And while paying for something that yields uncertain results is fine if you're buying a lottery ticket, the same cannot be said for purchasing other things. For example, buying a ticket for a bus ride should not be a risky endeavor.

When you board a coach bus, you have every reason to believe you will reach your destination safely and on schedule. Unfortunately, sometimes buses are involved in accidents while in route.

Having a competent driver behind the wheel can increase the odds of the bus completing its voyage safely. A bus is not an easy vehicle to drive. Only those who have received the proper training and licensing should be permitted to drive with passengers on board.

A good driver knows how to operate a bus in all kinds of weather. For example, as Illinoisans know, the harsh Midwestern winter can bring snow and ice storms that make road surfaces dangerously slick. At such times, drivers must understand how to safely navigate the hazardous terrain.

It is important that drivers avoid fatigue by taking their designated rest and sleep breaks. And no bus driver should ever attempt to operate his or her vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If an accident is caused by a negligent bus driver, both the driver and the bus company may be liable for any injuries caused. But often getting due compensation is a complicated process, and bus companies and their insurance carriers may not be willing to settle fairly.

If you or a family member have been injured in a bus accident, the law firm of Morici, Longo & Associates may be able to help you. On this website, we have a page explaining our dedication to helping our clients receive fair compensation for their injuries.