According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 12,000 injuries due to bus accidents occur annually throughout the United States. These 12,000 accident injuries break down to 33 people suffering from a bus collision each and every day throughout the nation. Tour buses are amongst the most popular of all bus travel options. When a large group of people are traveling together, they commonly choose to collaborate in order to make transportation more efficient. Tour bus travel makes it easy to move a sizeable group of travelers.
Typically, choosing to travel by tour bus is a safe and reliable decision. Large groups of individuals can depend on tour buses to help them safely arrive to and from their desired destinations. In fact, many of these people hire tour buses for long periods of travel, even up to months at a time. Therefore, North Carolina residents trust that these tour bus companies will find reliable, qualified drivers to operate their buses. In addition, it is expected that these buses will function properly for the duration of the travel. Sadly, this is not always the case and the result is often tour bus crashes.
Lewis & Keller has been providing professional legal services to North Carolina residents throughout the state for many, many years. With our main offices located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, we are able to meet the needs and demands of North Carolina accident victims near and far. If you or a loved one has been involved in a tour bus crash in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you have endured.
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Liability in Tour Bus Crashes
Determining liability in tour bus crashes is far more difficult than many North Carolina motorists would imagine. Due to the variety of different organizations and companies involved in any tour bus hire, the proceedings in a lawsuit will fluctuate greatly. As such, hiring an experienced, knowledgeable tour bus accident injury lawyer is essential for accident victims seeking compensation following a collision. The variance of liability contributes to the necessity of hiring a trustworthy, dependable firm to represent you and your loved ones in the court of law.
When a tour bus is contracted to work for a certain length of time, the details within the contract commonly play a critical role in the pending liability. Many tour bus rental companies will have strict guidelines for what types of behavior is allowed on the bus itself. However, because many tour bus crashes involve at at-fault driver, all of those victims involved must be sure to detail every aspect of the accident. The following are some of the most common parties held liable in lawsuits for tour bus crashes.
The Bus Company
Many tour companies will contact an outside bus company to utilize their vehicles for the transportation that the group who hired the tour company is looking for. When a large group is looking for transportation, they trust that the bus given to them is in proper condition and that all maintenance issues have been resolved. Therefore, North Carolina law states that the bus company is responsible for providing a safe means of transportation; this includes the driver and bus fulfilling all licensing requirements.
The Tour Company
In many cases, while the tour company does not own and operate the buses that they rent, they are responsible for virtually every other aspect of the tour. For instance, many bus companies are responsible for planning accommodations, destinations, scheduling, and any other details related to the tour itself. Therefore, it is up to the tour company to ensure that the tour bus, the driver, and all other relevant elements are safe and secure.
Depending on the details of the touring contract, there may be situations where to destination is specified to provide commissions or other financial incentives, as stated in the contract. For instance, in cases where the destination in which the tour bus is scheduled to park in, navigate around, and travel is specific, they must ensure a certain level of safety. In cases where the destination is in some way responsible for the crash, the location may also be held liable in a lawsuit.
The Travel Group
Many touring contracts will involve some requirement of the travel group. This typically involves a certain standard of behavior and/or care that is expected during the duration of the tour. The group of individuals who hires the tour bus or tour company is held responsible to behave in a safe manner at all times. If the negligence or misbehavior of one of the individuals in the group causes the accident, they may be held liable for damages.
Contact an Experienced Winston-Salem Accident Lawyer
With over 150 years of combined legal experience, Lewis & Keller has proudly served the residents of North Carolina for many, many years. In this time, we have seen enormous success in the courtroom. In fact, we have successfully obtained over $10 million in past verdicts and settlements for our clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries following a tour bus crash, Lewis & Keller is here to help. We provide all of our clients with an unmatched level of customer care. From the beginning we sit down with the accident victim to determine just what happened in the events leading up to and during the accident. At this time, we leave the client to focus on recovery while we handle every aspect of the litigation process.
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