Legal Options if Injured in a Charter Bus Accident

Charter bus companies, which are part of the larger motorcoach industry are subject to specific state and federal safety regulations that govern the operation and maintenance of commercial passenger carrier vehicles. While charter buses offer a cost-effective and convenient way to travel, accidents do happen. There were 28 deaths in 8 fatal crashes involving charter buses in 2011, which marked a substantial increase from previous years.


More than 750 million people travel by bus each year in the United States. Because they are often a cheaper mode of transportation than airlines or trains, charter buses have become increasingly popular over the past ten years.

Common Causes of Charter Bus Accidents

In response to the increased fatality rate, Congress passed the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act of 2012, which created stricter regulations designed to improve overall safety in the industry. Enforcement also became a top priority of the Obama Administration and the FMCSA increased inspections of charter buses along with other passenger carriers to address growing concerns about a lack of adherence to safety regulations within the motorcoach industry. The enforcement effort resulted in 52 bus companies being shut down for safety violations in 2013 alone.

The vast majority of charter bus accidents are preventable. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, common causes of charter bus accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver error
  • Medical condition of driver
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance

It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that charter buses are operated in a safe and responsible manner. The owner of commercial charter buses has an obligation to comply with federal and safety regulations, properly maintain vehicles, and ensure that drivers are adequately trained. When a passenger is injured in a charter bus accident that was caused by negligence, multiple parties may be responsible. Every case is unique and liability will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the accident.

Compensation in Charter Bus Accidents

If you have suffered injuries in a charter bus accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. With the help of our skilled personal injury attorneys, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Here at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our personal injury attorneys have more than a century of combined experience helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve, and we have the resources to handle complex charter bus accident cases.

Contact an Experienced Ohio Bus Accident Lawyer

When you work with Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we will immediately begin investigating your accident to determine liability and building a strong argument in support of your claim. Many of our attorneys have previously worked in the insurance industry or as personal injury defense lawyers, which we use to our clients’ advantage.

Our firm has obtained countless favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of accident victims, and we will work tirelessly to achieve the maximum compensation available in your case. We are here to help guide you throughout the legal process and we understand that every case is unique.

Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or fill out our online contact form to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our talented Ohio truck accident lawyers. We offer a no-fee guarantee so you will never be asked to pay an attorney fee unless you successfully obtain compensation for your case.