Common carriers that are used for traveling like airplanes, buses, and taxis are have obligations to their passengers and/ or to the goods that they are handling. The responsibility of the carrier starts when they accept the goods or the passengers, and only ends once they have reached their destination.
Common carriers will be responsible for any injury or loss experienced by their passengers or the goods that they are carrying in case of an accident. However, if the accident is considered "an act of God or of the Sovereign's enemies," if the consigner is at fault for it, or if there was an inherent vice in the goods, the carrier will not be liable.
The carrier also cannot refuse service to anyone without a valid reason. The only types of luggage that they can refuse are those that are not indicated on their terms of service. The payment for the service rendered should also be reasonable.
Hiring the perfect driver for the job is the first step carrier companies should take to avoid a bus and common carrier accident. When looking for a driver for your common carriers, here are some aspects that you may want check out on your applicants.
- Physical condition â€“ Drivers of common carriers, especially big ones like trucks or buses, need to be in top shape when on the job. They should avoid driving when under fatigue. The driving hours are usually long and can get really stressful, so they should learn to adapt.
- Coordination â€“ A good driver should know how to use his motor skills simultaneously. For example, stepping on the break without looking down to it, with eyes only on the road.
- Emotional process â€“ Drivers should learn to control their emotions since it can also affect their driving. Attitude and self-discipline are aspects of emotional process that drivers should control because road rage and aggression have become reasons for bus and other common carrier accidents.
- Concentration â€“ Most of the accidents today are caused by the driver's lack of focus. Drivers are easily distracted by gadgets, music, food, and even by their passengers.
- Social skills â€“ A good driver knows how to deal with other drivers and passengers without losing his cool. Sharing the road with just about everyone can be frustrating, but a little patience will come in handy when avoiding accidents.
- Knowledge of the rules â€“ Everyone on the road needs to comply with the traffic regulations. Traffic rules are there to maintain order; otherwise, accidents will happen in every corner. A good driver has a deep understanding of all that is forbidden on the road.