Many tourists visit North Carolina's attractions and beautiful countryside every year, and oftentimes they come in large groups that hire tour buses to explore the various points of interest found in the state. A tour bus involved in an accident can be damaging on many fronts, because out-of-state victims may not know state motor vehicle laws or who to contact in case of an accident. Tour buses, much like any other large vehicle, can cause greater destruction in the event of accident as opposed to smaller personal vehicles.
Driving a truck loaded with cargo is not an easy task. Due to the sheer size of the vehicle and the load it carries, it becomes all the more necessary for a truck driver to exercise caution while operating this type of vehicle. According to trucking regulations followed in North Carolina and elsewhere, truck drivers are required to take adequate breaks to avoid driving fatigued.
A commercial vehicle accident can have a greater number of legal implications than a personal car accident, given that the incident may also directly affect the driver's employer. A report from 2010 showed that motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of work-related fatalities and accounted for almost one-quarter of occupational injuries that were fatal.
No parent wants to think that a child on a school bus is in more danger than any other vehicle on the road. Usually they are just as safe as if they were being driven to school by a parent. One recent accident involving a school bus 50 miles east of Durham, however, probably has some parents thinking about other ways to get their kids to school.
It is not uncommon for a trucking company to make unreasonable demands on their drivers. Drivers are often expected to make unrealistic deadlines -- and to do so, they sometimes speed or sacrifice necessary rest. There are federal trucking regulations that set in place a number of expectations that apply only to drivers of commercial vehicles. When a driver fails to abide by these regulations, either the driver or the trucking company may be found liable for whatever damages result from an accident.