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Who is liable in the event of a tour bus accident?

| Aug 14, 2014 | Bus Accidents |

If you have been visiting a new place, there is a chance that you will have taken a trip on a tour bus. They can be an excellent way to get a brief view of all the major sites without taking too much time out of your day. Unfortunately, as is the case with any vehicle, tour buses can become involved in accidents. We have already discussed the damage that can be done by a bus crash. These accidents often involve a large number of people, so the cost can be particularly high.

If you are injured in a tour bus accident, you may wonder how you will cover the cost of your injuries, not to mention any time you may need to take off work during your recovery. It is possible that you will be able to claim compensation. However, first liability needs to be determined.

As is explained by FindLaw, multiple parties may be partially to blame in the case of any bus accident. However, cases involving tour buses can be even more complicated. Those who could share responsibility include the following:

  • The bus company. The company must have buses that are reasonably safe and must employ only drivers who are properly licensed. If an accident is deemed to have been caused by a negligent driver, there is a chance that the bus company may be liable.
  • The tour company. This company has the responsibility to hire a bus company that has a clean safety record. The tour company may be liable if injuries occur on a bus run by a company that has already been cited for safety violations.
  • The bus destinations. The owners of the venues at which passengers disembark may be liable if passengers are injured as a result of conditions at the location.

Of course, every case is different and sometimes the fault does not lie with the bus at all. Whatever the case, an attorney may be able to help you figure out if you have a valid claim and assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve.