Although any vehicle accident can be traumatic, the large size of a tour bus means it can cause much more destruction than a smaller vehicle. Tour bus companies need to take special care when hiring bus drivers, and train them properly. When a company fails to follow proper hiring and training practices, or skips necessary maintenance on the bus, it puts everyone else on the road in danger.
After a collision with a tour bus, you might be unsure of what to do next and who to hold responsible for what happened. Our experienced NYC bus accident lawyers can work with you through each step of recovery. Before you talk to any insurance company or the tour company, make sure you have someone fighting for you. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 and let us do everything we can to help you.
Tour bus accidents include any kind of collision in which a commercial tour bus is involved. While that can mean a crash between a tour bus and another vehicle, it can also be a single-vehicle crash involving only the tour bus. Such a collision can still cause serious injuries to the passengers on the bus.
Due to the large size of tour buses, the consequences of any kind of collision can be catastrophic. They can include:
- Damage to private or commercial property
- Damage to vehicles, even vehicles not directly involved in the crash
- Serious injuries to people on the tour bus
- Catastrophic injuries to people in other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists
Tour bus accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, so figuring out what went wrong is of major importance after any kind of collision. Some possible causes include:
- The bus driver – The first place people look after a crash is at the driver in control of the tour bus at the time. Drivers must be properly trained to operate a large vehicle like a tour bus, and must be well-rested and free of drugs or alcohol while driving.
- Improper maintenance – Tour bus companies must make sure their vehicles are inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Failure to perform these tasks and make repairs as necessary can cause serious accidents.
- Other drivers – Sometimes other drivers on the road can cause a collision with their actions. A person swerving through traffic or cutting off a tour bus can cause that bus to crash into him or other vehicles.
- Faulty parts – Even when a tour bus driver and company do everything right, sometimes parts on the bus may be faulty or have a manufacturing defect. In these cases, the manufacturer may be liable for the crash.
Determining liability after a tour bus accident is not easy. You need to look at all elements of the collision, reconstruct what happened with engineers and other experts, get access to the tour company’s records, and figure out exactly what went wrong. Sometimes the driver can be liable, but in many cases, the touring company is also liable for hiring a driver with a background of poor driving. Many times, the touring company will be directly responsible for what happened, especially if management chose to skip maintenance in order to save money.
Filing a lawsuit is not only a way to seek compensation for your injuries, but also to hold the responsible parties liable for their actions. Do not accept any settlement or insurance payout without having a lawyer to represent you and make sure your rights are protected. Call us right now at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to set up a free consultation.
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