Buses are considered common carriers in Virginia, which means they owe an extremely high standard and duty of care to passengers, which both the driver and bus company are responsible for providing. Bus drivers go through special training in order to receive the necessary licensing to operate buses. This is done to help ensure that bus drivers are capable of handling the large vehicles and exercising the utmost care to prevent injuries. Unfortunately, this is not always the truth about bus drivers.
The truth about bus drivers is that they are still people, just like every other driver, and even though they may be more trained, they can still make mistakes and reckless decisions. Recently in Virginia, a bus driver was arrested for DUI. Reports indicate that the woman had trouble standing up straight, with no indication of understanding what was happening. Police received reports from concerned citizens who allegedly noticed the bus swerving about in the lane.
Police believe that the driver was under the influence of some kind of drug, which is all the more concerning when you consider that she was driving a privately-owned school bus filled with young students between five and 12 years of age. It is only by some miracle that no injuries were suffered.
This case proves that even though bus drivers are specially trained to perform the functions of their job, they can still be dangerous drivers depending on the circumstances. One simple act of negligence or recklessness can lead to a bus accident, and that bus accident can lead to serious injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, consider meeting with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case. You could be entitled to compensation.