Tour Bus Accidents
When a large group of people wants to travel together, they will often choose a tour bus as their mode of transportation. Most people assume that a tour bus is safe way to travel; however, these vehicles can be involved in collisions. In recent years, there have been several tragic tour bus accidents in the Northeast.
If you or a loved one was injured in a tour bus accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Accident victims should seek legal guidance following an accident. An experienced attorney can inform you on your legal rights.
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Liability for Tour Bus Accidents
People hire tour buses for many different circumstances. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there could be a number of parties that are held responsible for the accident. It is possible that several different parties are listed on the tour bus contract, which will affect who is held liable for the damages.
The general role of the tour company is to organize all aspects of the tour including, transportation, scheduling, accommodations and destinations. The company may or may not own the tour bus.
If the tour company owns the bus, they are responsible for providing a vehicle that is safe and that meets all of the federal regulations. In addition, they are required to hire a driver that has a safe driving record. However, if the tour company contracts with a bus company, the tour company is still responsible for hiring a bus company with a good record.
The Bus Company
It is not unusual for the tour company to use a bus company to provide the transportation for their tours.
The bus company has similar responsibilities as those stated above for the tour company if they own the vehicle. The bus needs to be in satisfactory condition and meet all of the licensing requirements.
At times, destinations will have a contract with specific tour companies to provide a commission or a financial incentive to have the bus stop at their location.
However, if the destination enters into an agreement that the tour bus stops there, they have the responsibility to make sure that the premises is safe for the bus to travel, park and maneuver around the location. If an accident is caused by a hazard at the property, the destination could be held responsible for any damages incurred in the accident.
The Travel Group
The travel group refers to a group of passengers that hire a tour bus or a group of acquaintances who have the desire to travel to the same destinations.
The travel group may be held liable for the accident, if they failed to exercise reasonable diligence in regard to any other party or aspect of the trip, including the tour company, the bus company and the destinations.
Contact a Connecticut Tour Bus Accident Lawyer
Tour bus accidents can be difficult to handle due to the potential number of parties involved. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we urge all tour bus accident victims to explore their legal options as soon as possible.
Our attorneys and staff offer free legal consultations to all injury victims. During your consultation, an attorney will review the circumstances of your case and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
To speak with a member of our legal team in regard to a tour bus accident, fill out the contact form.