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Who is liable after a tour bus accident?

Washington buses have the ability to transport a large number of people at the same time. City buses, school buses and tour buses are a convenient way to get numerous passengers to the same place or area at the same time. While this is a cost-effective and efficient way to get around, buses do pose risks. If a driver is not properly trained or is inattentive, this could result in an accident. Likewise, a negligent motorist could collide with a bus, causing a serious bus accident.

With regards to a tour bus, passengers are riding the vehicle specifically for seeing a certain destination or being transported to a specific destination. Although these bus drivers are used to traveling the same routes, this does not mean they experts driving on these roads. All it takes is a mere second of being inattentive to cause a crash. Whether the bus driver or another motorist is distracted, a tour bus accident could injure many.

Who is liable following a tour bus accident? While some accidents are easy to determine cause and liability, tour bus accidents are often more complex and challenging to establish liability. Because a variety of different entities could be liable, it is essential to look at different parities if it is clear that another motorist is not the cause. With regards to a tour bus accident, it could be the bus company, the driver operating the bus or the tour company contracting to use the bus who is at fault. Additionally, multiple parties could be help partially liable.

A tour company has the duty to hire a bus driver with a clean driving record. A bus company is obligated to provide a bus that is well maintained and meets all safety regulations. A bus driver has the duty to drive safely and follow the rules of the road. If any of these duties are breached, this could mean accountability if an accident occurs.

Because a legal action following a tour bus accident can be complex, it is important to be aware of the situation and rights. Taking the time to understand how to move forward with a legal action could better protect rights and interests.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Tour Bus Accidents and Liability," accessed on Jan. 27, 2018

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