Are Cheap Bus Rides Worth the Risk?

By Peter DePaolis

The bus ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. might only cost you $20.00, but are you risking your life to save money on bus fare? That may be the case, according to a report at The ultra-cheap bus lines have fatal bus crashes seven times more than a bigger, well-known carrier does.

The cheap bus rides are the ones that pick up passengers curbside because the companies do not own a terminal. The tickets on some of these bargain buses can be as low as $1.00 per seat. However, before you book your ticket, you should take into account some facts about the bargain buses.

Routine bus safety checks occur at terminals. These buses do not undergo the safety checks that other bus lines do because they pick up their passengers curbside and not at terminals. The companies also sell their tickets online, where the Federal Carrier Safety Administration cannot regulate. In addition, the bus drivers routinely suffer from fatigue from too many hours behind the wheel, according to the report.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looked into the bargain bus lines after a tragic bus accident in March involving one of the buses. Fifteen people lost their lives in the Bronx bus accident.

If you have ever ridden on one of these buses, what was your experience like? Call today.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.