When you are interested in an easy way to see a lot of things in a short time, or in an easy and inexpensive way to get to a fun destination, a tour bus can be a very good option. It seems like you can find a tour bus for just about any kind of attraction, ranging from operations that take you to casinos, wineries, national parks, or touring through international cities.
Unfortunately, tour buses can also be dangerous. Any vehicle that carries a large number of people at once is automatically a greater risk for a higher number of injuries, and the large size of the vehicle can make the impact of an accident even worse. Because of this, tour buses need to be driven and maintained with extra care, but all too frequently that is not the case.
Tour Buses are Common Carriers
Tour buses are what are considered “common carriers.” This means that as a business that gets paid to transport people they are responsible to adhere to very strict, very specific rules and regulations regarding safety and to act with diligence and care towards the passengers that they take responsibility for carrying.
Tour buses also are generally subject to the regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and are expected to adhere to the appropriate rules regarding maintenance of vehicles, amount of training that a driver has and the number of hours that they are permitted to be driving, and more.
Reasons for Tour Bus Accidents
Tour buses can get into accidents that cause injuries to passengers, drivers, other motorists, and pedestrians. There are a number of things that can contribute to tour bus accidents, including distracted driving, drug or alcohol use, driver fatigue and unsafe driving techniques. The cause may also be mechanical, caused by insufficient maintenance of the bus itself.
Tour bus accidents can cause tremendous injuries, pain and suffering. When passengers are onboard a bus that is in an accident they can be thrown around, striking windows and walls, the backs of other seats, or be struck by flying glass or objects. These injuries can be life changing, and can even cause death. Passengers who are injured in tour bus crashes may be eligible for compensation for injuries that they suffer, and should seek help from an experienced bus accident attorney.