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Tour Bus Accident Lawyer

When we enter a store, travel on a bus, or go swimming, the last thing we expect is to head home with an injury (or to not even make it home due to a hospital visit). Sadly, all three can lead to injuries, and today we want to focus on tour bus accidents. What causes them? What are the different types of bus accident in Florida? Are you eligible for compensation? We’ll answer all these questions and more!

Types of Bus Accident

As the title suggests, we’re focusing mainly on tour bus accidents in this guide, but it’s important to note that there are other types that exist. For example, we’ve helped people who have been injured on a greyhound bus, city bus, and various other large forms of transport. Compared to cars and bikes, buses have a unique set of risks that need to be evaluated and dealt with appropriately.

Causes of Tour Bus Accidents

In truth, there are two main reasons for bus crashes; company negligence and driver negligence. If we deal with driver negligence first, this could be due to the tour bus driver or another road user. Negligence may include aggressive driving, distraction, speeding, lack of attention, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even fatigue.

On the other hand, company negligence could include any of the following:

  • Lack of vehicle inspections
  • Poor training and education
  • Forcing drivers to work long hours
  • Overfilling tours

As long as the accident wasn’t your fault, and we can prove negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. With reliable tour bus accident lawyers like our fantastic team at The Injury Firm, you can focus on getting better while we build your potential claim/case.

Common Injuries from Tour Bus Accidents

While modern cars are kitted out with seatbelts and various other safety features, it’s fair to say that buses are further behind in this regard. With much more weight and the sheer size of buses, impact with buildings, other vehicles, and even pedestrians can be quite significant. Even with heavy pressure on the brakes, the lack of seatbelts makes the experience a nightmare for passengers.

In our experience, it isn’t just passengers on the tour bus who can claim compensation. Depending on the incident, it might be possible to claim as an injured pedestrian, cyclist, motorist, or property owner. Common injuries in tour bus accidents include:

Burns - With explosions and fires that can result from bus accidents, burning is a painful issue that some passengers are forced to deal with after an incident. As well as the initial pain, burns require time on a special unit, potential skin grafts, and months of care.

Brain Damage - With plenty of obstacles and hard surfaces on a bus, another common injury is brain damage (traumatic brain injuries). Especially when the bus strikes something with force, the symptoms of potential head injuries can last for weeks and months. In serious cases, it might even be a life-changing accident.

Broken Bones - If it isn’t the head that hits a hard surface, it might be a different part of the body. If you’re a cyclist involved in an accident with a bus, broken bones are likely. Again, this leads to potential surgery and months of physiotherapy.

Spinal Cord Damage - When the spinal cord is damaged in some way, it can result in muscle weakness, tingling, numbness. Serious cases can even cause paralysis. The problem with spinal cord injuries is that there’s no universally accepted medical treatment.

Finding Liability and Negligence

For all tour bus operators, they are under pressure from all angles because they need to meet state and federal regulations. Just like public transport, they need to ensure the safety of passengers by maintaining the vehicles, properly training staff, and doing all they can to prevent injuries and accidents.

After an accident, we highly recommend teaming up with experienced and skilled tour bus accident lawyers. At The Injury Firm, we’re knowledgeable about the rules and regulations both in Florida and at a federal level. While you recover, we will investigate and take the necessary action whether the negligent party was the driver, another driver, the company, or even the manufacturer of the vehicle itself. In some cases, it might be a vehicle defect or poorly constructed part that causes an accident.

When offering a service like tours on a bus, the operators have a duty of care towards all those who book onto one of the services. If you’ve been injured, there will be a three-step process to determine whether or not you will receive compensation:

  • Did the company have a duty of care towards you?
  • Was there negligence involved in the case?
  • Were your injuries a direct result of this negligence?

As an example, let’s say the bus pulled away from the curb before you had a chance to get both feet on the floor; this led to a broken leg. In this scenario, the company had a duty of care, there was negligence from the driver, and you broke your leg as a result of the negligence. Therefore, we would proceed with a claim and attempt to obtain compensation on your behalf.

Why Choose The Injury Firm?

We’re experienced tour bus accident lawyers, and this is the first of many reasons to choose our reliable service. We will help you to claim for lost wages, medical bills (existing and future), and pain and suffering. You’ll have a trustworthy team by your side who will build a claim, and even take the case to court if necessary. All the while, you can focus on getting better and not have to worry. What’s more, we even offer a free case review. If both parties are happy after this review, we’ll proceed and start working towards the compensation you deserve.

To get started, feel free to reach out and tell us your story today. Whether it’s yourself or a loved one, allow us to provide advice!  Call today for a free consultation: 954-951-0000.

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