Signs of a Bad Bus Driver

Advice by Experienced Bus Accident Lawyers

When you drive a car, you are in control. It is also much easier to drive yourself because you trust and believe in how you drive.

But when you ride a bus, you have absolutely no control over the situation. You just sit there and all you can do is hope that the bus driver is competent, sober, and awake. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

It is always better to be extra cautious than become a victim of a bus accident. Bus accident victims often have to deal with a long negotiation process with the insurance company to get the compensation for their damages. And while good bus accident lawyers can make things easier for you, it would be better to not get into an accident in the first place.

Are you sure you can trust the person who you do not know to be responsible for your safety? Most people would say we have no choice in this situation, but the fact is that you do. Simply waiting for the next bus is a choice that can potentially save your life.

Here are the signs that the bus driver is not the one you should entrust your life with:

  • When the bus approaches the bus stop, it does not move in a straight line or moves too fast.
  • The driver looks or smells like he has been drinking.
  • The driver looks very tired and struggles to stay awake.
  • The driver talks on the phone, listens to music with headphones, smokes while driving, drinks coffee, or otherwise distracts himself while on the road.
  • The driver is rude or aggressive. A driver’s emotional state can affect his or her driving abilities.
  • The driver looks like he is under the influence of drugs.

School bus driver

Can you trust the driver of your child’s school bus to be responsible of your kid’s safety when they take a bus to and from school every day? It is good if you know and trust the driver. But in most cases, the parents have never even seen the person behind the wheel. We are used to thinking school buses are safe and that all school bus drivers are qualified and responsible. But is that always the case?

Anyway, there’s not much you can do when your children ride the school bus. You can ask the school about how they choose the drivers and what criteria they have. But there is one more thing. You can ask your children about the bus driver. Ask them about the driver’s behavior. Does he speed or skip red lights? Talk on the cellphone while driving? Does your child ever feel unsafe on the bus? If what you hear makes you uncomfortable and you think the school bus driver is bad, follow these steps to ensure your children are safe:

  • First of all, call the school and speak to the principal.
  • Do not lose your temper or use inappropriate language. Just relate the facts in a professional manner so that your complaint is heard and addressed.
  • Ask what the school is going to do to correct the problem.
  • If the problem is not solved, call the bus company directly.
  • Follow your phone calls with letters to the principal and the bus company.
  • Call other parents whose children ride the same bus to increase support for your complaint.
  • Realize that the driver might not be dismissed immediately after your complaint. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, the driver may receive a warning, suspension, or another disciplinary action like docked payment.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, get in touch with the experienced bus accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm. We are dedicated to helping injured victims get full and fair compensation for their losses resulting from an accident.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017