Tour Bus Accident Liability
In a tragic news story, Local 10 News has reported that one person was killed and two others were critically injured when the Las Vegas-based tour bus they were riding in rolled over in northwestern Arizona. The tour bus was heading to the Grand Canyon when the fatal collision happened on a recent Friday afternoon. Authorities have asserted that of the 48 people on the bus, including the driver, 44 of them had to be treated at a local medical center, including two people who were flown by medical helicopter. While the cause of the collision remains under investigation, officials have indicated that speed appeared to be a factor. And as recounted in the article, this unfortunately is far from the first instance of this kind of situation occurring.
Understanding the Appeal of Tour Buses
In most circumstances, a tour bus is a relatively safe way to travel to tourist destinations. The appeal for anyone who is visiting a new place is clear; riding on a tour bus typically means that you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to get to your destination or where to park when you arrive. In addition, you can take in the scenic view along the way instead of having to focus on what is happening around you on the road. With all of the popular locations here in the Sunshine State, charter buses play an important role and are often relied upon to bring large groups of people to tourist destinations. But as illustrated in the tragic situation outlined above, things sometimes go unplanned.
Liability for Tour Bus Accidents
Tour buses are considered “common carriers” here in Florida. This essentially means that these vehicles are used for the specific purpose of transporting people or goods from one place to another for compensation purposes. Due to the nature of these vehicles, liability often isn’t immediately clear when an accident occurs as there are multiple entities that may be found responsible for your accident. Parties that you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against can include:
- The bus driver
- The company that owns the tour bus itself
- The tour company who was contracted to provide the tour service.
Regardless of who you believe was negligent in your case, you should obtain legal assistance from a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.
Have You Been Injured in a Tour Bus Accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered from injuries incurred in a tour bus crash, you have every right to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses. But any time a tour bus crash occurs, there are a variety of factors that will play a role in how things proceed from a legal standpoint. Knowing how to begin and which parties may be held legally responsible for your injuries can be difficult. As the Ocala personal injury lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm, we have the resources and capabilities from our years of experience to understand just what it takes to be successful in this kind of situation. Reach out to us today so that we can review your legal options without any cost or obligation.
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