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How can I increase my safety on a bus trip?

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.

Safety begins before you even buy a ticket with a bus line. Any traveller can research the safety records of a bus company online or use tools like the free SaferBus mobile app. Some cursory research should make clear if a particular bus line has a safety record that is acceptable to you, and whether or not it has all of the proper authorizations to operate legally.

Even the most reputable bus lines can still be involved in an accident through no fault of their own or the bus driver. In an emergency situation, you can ensure the greatest possible safety by be being aware of common bus emergency situations. If you have reason to believe that the driver is impaired in some way or suffering from unsafe levels of fatigue, or if a driver is operating the bus in an unsafe manner (speeding, using a handheld device, or operating in inclement weather) and is unwilling to stop the bus, you can always call 911 and report the driver. Likewise, if you notice something concerning about the state of the bus, such as unusual braking or grinding noises, or smoke billowing from the body of the bus, do not hesitate to alert the driver first and then call 911 if the driver does not address the situation promptly.

Even with the preparations, any passenger can become victim of a bus-related automobile accident. Anyone who has suffered such an experience may benefit from the guidance of a qualified legal professional who can help protect the victim's rights and lead him or her to a fair outcome.

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