Bus companies, just like other companies, are looking to make a profit. Unfortunately, sometimes, making money trumps passenger safety. While not all bus companies are bad, there are some bad motorcoach companies that cut corners and do things that are otherwise illegal just so they can make more money. One such thing is overloading buses.
Because some bus companies want to make as much money as possible and sell as many tickets as they can, they load the bus with too many passengers. When this happens, the max weight limits are compromised, and bus passengers are put at risk. In fact, overloading buses is a safety concern that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has identified.
Because too many passengers and their luggage can lead to too much weight on a motorcoach and the tire load capacity, it could threaten everyone’s safety aboard the bus. This is because tires that are overloaded can fail and cause a bus accident. Unfortunately, overloaded buses can cause passengers a variety of injuries in a crash, such as:
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Organ damage
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- And more
When bus companies are greedy and exceed the maximum weight allowed on a bus in order to make more money, they should be held liable for injuries that occur to passengers in the event of a crash. This is why it is critical that you check into the bus company before booking your ticket; however, even if you did your homework, sometimes a driver error can occur that can still lead to your injuries.
If you have been injured in a bus crash in Florida, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable South Florida injury attorney in a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.