Bus drivers lacking credentials can be a hazard on the road

One of the easiest ways to avoid posing a threat to others on the road is to have the proper training and pass the tests necessary to operate a motor vehicle. Every driver needs to be sure that they have learned how to drive and proven their capabilities before getting behind the wheel.

However, simply having a driver’s license doesn’t mean you can drive every type of motor vehicle. For instance, there are additional requirements, training and certification that must be secured for people who want to drive a bus. Bus drivers who lack the additional training and licensing can put themselves, their passengers and other motorists in serious danger.

According to the United States Department of Labor, people who want to operate tour, school and charter buses need to meet a number of different criteria. Bus drivers should:

  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Obtain a commercial driver’s license
  • Complete training behind the wheel
  • Attend classes to learn operational rules, safety practices and traffic laws
  • Secure the proper endorsement by passing additional tests
  • Meet requirements for vision and hearing
  • Refrain from using any drugs or alcohol before or while operating a bus

In the event of an accident involving a bus, investigating a driver’s background and training can be just as important as investigating the actual crash. If it is discovered that a driver was improperly trained, unqualified or in violation of CDL requirements, he or she can be held accountable for damages suffered in the crash.

These details can be difficult to track down and confirm, so it can be crucial to have the help of a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident with a bus. Compensation for damages, including injuries, may be available to victims in this difficult situation.