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Bus Drivers May Face New HOS Rules

In light of many commercial operators, ranging from airline pilots to commercial truck drivers, facing a new set of hours-of-service rules, the next industry that may be subjected to a revised hours of service rule is the bus industry. In a report posted on TruckingInfo.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a public listening session for later this week pertaining to the hours of service in which a motor-coach can operate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is hoping to seek public comment and data the directly affects motor-coach driving time and its association with safety.

Some of the specific safety considerations being taken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration include what factors, issues, and data are imperative in developing new rule making on motor-coach hours of service requirements. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys read that currently, bus companies still operate under what is considered the “old hours of service rules.” The old rules consist of 10 hours of driving time which is directly followed by 8 consecutive hours off duty. During this time, driving is prohibited after obtaining 15 hours of on-duty time following 8 consecutive hours off duty – this is known at the 15 hour rule.

The hours of service rules pertaining to motor-coach and bus operators has not been updated for several decades. According to recent bus accident statistics provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, twenty-eight individual fatalities resulting in eight bus crashes in the United States last year. In an October 31 study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, it was revealed that curbside operators (motor-coach and buses) are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal wreck than intercity buses.

Accidents involving commercial buses have become extremely common and can result in devastating damage to property, vehicles, as well as, people. In the unfortunate situation that you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois trucking accident involving a bus, it is extremely important to obtain experienced legal aid from our knowledgeable Chicago accident lawyers.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers have obtained many successful settlements of behalf of our clients who were victims of devastating and tragic bus accidents. Some of our most recent settlements include a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a 77 year-old woman whose right leg was amputated above the knee when she was struck by a bus while crossing a bus terminal. Another $1.25 million settlement was reached for our 50 year-old client who sustained numerous fractures, including those to her pelvic, ribs, and spinal transverse process, when she was run over by a bus while walking in a crosswalk.