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What do you need to know when chartering a bus?

The summer months can provide travel opportunities for groups and school classes. Chartering a bus offers many advantages when traveling as a group. But you want your trip to be as safe as possible. And while a motorcoach is typically a safe mode of transportation, accidents can still occur out on the road. Because some companies have better safety records than others, you may want to do some research before you choose a carrier.

So what information do you need to make an informed decision when choosing a motorcoach company? Here are a few things to look for:

  • All motorcoaches operated in the U.S. are required to undergo an annual inspection. You can contact a motorcoach company and ask about the inspection as well as bus repair and maintenance.
  • Request that the carrier demonstrate proof of having an insurance certificate that is valid, current and carries $5 million in liability coverage.
  • Request that the carrier provide you with its U.S. Department of Transportation number. You can use the U.S. DOT number to research the carrier's safety information on the Internet.
  • Be aware that in order to operate a motorcoach, a driver must have a current, valid Commercial Driver's License that contains a "passenger" endorsement.

These are just a few of the important things about coach buses that can help you choose a carrier. And while it is up to you to figure out which company will best service your needs, once the trip begins, the carrier bears much of the responsibility for the safety of the passengers. If an accident occurs due to the actions of a negligent bus driver or because of mechanical failure, the carrier could be liable for damages.

If you are harmed in a charter bus crash, you wish to contact an Illinois bus accident attorney for advice and guidance. The attorney could assess the severity of your injuries and help you seek compensation for medical expenses.