Bus accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. The sad reality is when it does happen, many end up hurt or worse, dead. There are ways to prevent bus accidents and most of these ways concern the bus company as well as the bus driver.
- 1. Ensure proper maintenance of the buses.
- Each equipment and facility should be checked daily before heading out and after a day’s work. This will allow the company as well as the drivers know which needs to be fixed immediately to ensure the safety of the passengers.
- Repairs should be made immediately to avoid further damage of the buses.
- 2. Bus companies should strictly follow state and federal regulations in terms of the following:
- Inspections of buses
- Work hours of bus drivers
- Random drug testing of bus drivers
- Proper training of bus drivers
- 3. Bus drivers should always:
- Undergo proper training. They should also be informed if there are updates concerning their driving, buses, requirements, or laws in general.
- Follow the rules of the road (signs, speed limits, and the likes)
- Remain focused while driving (not texting, accepting calls or chatting with passengers)
- Not come to work sick or fatigued
- Not use alcohol or drugs when on duty
- 4. Passengers should:
- Be alert of emergency situations and call for help right away
- Self-regulate to avoid distracting other passengers and the driver
Preventing bus accidents is a shared responsibility of the company, driver, passengers, pedestrians and local and federal governing laws because after all, the bus is a public utility vehicle.