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kated6

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I am a school bus driver in Mendon Massachusetts and am being asked to drive my bus fully loaded to the legal capacity of 71 down a very steep windy road that is neither town accepted nor approved. This means there is no plowing sanding or salting done by the town. Extremely dangerous. In the event of an accident, who is held liable? The bus company? The school Dept? The town or me?

I sure could use some advise. It's an accident waiting to happen and I don't want to risk my family's assets.

Thanks!
 


I AM ALWAYS LIABLE

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face=" Arial, Verdana, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kated6:
I am a school bus driver in Mendon Massachusetts and am being asked to drive my bus fully loaded to the legal capacity of 71 down a very steep windy road that is neither town accepted nor approved. This means there is no plowing sanding or salting done by the town. Extremely dangerous. In the event of an accident, who is held liable? The bus company? The school Dept? The town or me?

I sure could use some advise. It's an accident waiting to happen and I don't want to risk my family's assets.

Thanks!
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My response:

I realize you're being placed in a no-win situation - - your job versus doing what is safe. So, to answer your question, all of the entities and you would be liable in the event of an accident. You especially because you are the "front line" person with the responsibility, ultimately, for the safety of those children. In the event of an accident, you could personally lose everything you own - - forget about "their" insurance. You could also lose from an emotional standpoint if one of those kids lost their life.

Remember, like a Captain of a Ship, or the Pilot of an Airliner 767, you are the final say-so in terms of safety. Whatever you say, goes while you're the driver of that bus. So, since you have that duty, authority and responsibility, you have the right to say "no" when it comes to the safety of those kids. If you don't, the end result can be far worse than the loss of a job.

IAAL



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HomeGuru

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face=" Arial, Verdana, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kated6:
I am a school bus driver in Mendon Massachusetts and am being asked to drive my bus fully loaded to the legal capacity of 71 down a very steep windy road that is neither town accepted nor approved. This means there is no plowing sanding or salting done by the town. Extremely dangerous. In the event of an accident, who is held liable? The bus company? The school Dept? The town or me?

I sure could use some advise. It's an accident waiting to happen and I don't want to risk my family's assets.

Thanks!
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I may add something else. I read recently that there have been brake failures discovered on brakes of some school buses. I do not recall the brand names. Did Firestone sell bus tires? What about airplane tires?

Another angle for our bus driver to consider is; to ask yourself what would the parents of each and every child say in light of the circumstances? Would they want their child sitting in that bus under those conditions? Safety First. Childrens lives depend on bus drivers each and every every school day.

Terrific work IAAL.

[This message has been edited by HomeGuru (edited September 10, 2000).]
 

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