Summer is here and many people around the country are looking around at weekend getaways and other travel opportunities. Due to increased highway congestion, summer months can be more dangerous for travelers than other, less congested seasons. Bus travel is already one of the safest ways to travel, but for safety-conscious passengers, there are some precautions that can ensure the safest possible travel conditions.
California residents who are injured in bus accidents may wonder who should be held responsible. Since a bus is an example of a vehicle known as a common carrier, it is held to a high standard of responsibility for its passengers. Any vehicle that is supposed to transfer people or goods for money is a common carrier. Tour buses, school buses and commercial buses are all designated as common carriers.
Many California children travel to and from school on a bus operated by their local school district. While the vast majority of these young students complete their journeys safely, accidents can and do happen. The safety of school transportation has been assessed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and its findings were published in June 2015.