Representation of Passengers After a Tour Bus Accident

As previous posts on this blog have mentioned, a lot of times, it’s not just people in other cars and vehicles who get hurt following the crash of a large bus. Whether a tour bus accident or similar incident involves just the bus or an actual collision with another vehicle, in many occasions, it is the passengers on the bus, often unrestrained, who wind up getting the worst of the collision.

The good news for these victims is that in Nevada, tour bus companies have an obligation to transport their passengers safely from point A to point B. When they do not uphold this obligation, injured passengers can and should seek compensation for their losses.

However, this does not mean that a bus company or the company’s insurance carrier is going to be willing to admit responsibility right away or, even if it does accept fault, be willing to pay compensation that will be enough to cover the full extent of a passenger’s losses.

It can be a very frustrating situation when a passenger is unable to get the money they need to pay their bills and put their lives back together, especially since the bus company made money off the passenger when it collected its fare, but is now not willing to make the situation right.

In these sorts of cases, our law office has a record of representing passengers successfully against a tour bus company. With our experience, we understand the special issues that often accompany accidents and other incidents involving large buses, and we are familiar with the different means and channel a passenger can use to pursue compensation for their losses.

Our goal in every case is to investigate thoroughly and assert our position confidently until our clients are able to secure the compensation that they deserve.

Overview of Liability For Tour Bus Accidents

Since Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination, it is not surprising that many people come to this city from all over the country using various means of transportation. Rather than take a flight or drive themselves, some people choose to come here via a tour bus, as doing so gives them a fun and relaxing travel experience.

While this is all wonderful when the trip is uneventful, accidents involving tour buses can and do occur. In addition to those which grab national headlines because of a high casualty count, other accidents that are less prominent, including things like sudden stops, still impact the lives of passengers and other motorists profoundly.

As this blog has discussed previously, the bus driver and his or her employer are together responsible for the safety of the passengers on a tour bus since a tour bus is a common carrier, that is, part of a business outfit which makes money taking people, or property for that matter, from one place to another.

Therefore, if a bus driver through his or her own negligence causes any type of bus accident which leaves one or more passengers injured, then the bus company may have to pay compensation to the injured passenger for the driver’s negligence. Moreover, as is the case with any other vehicle on the road, a bus company will also have to pay if the driver causes an accident with another vehicle on the road.

However, following mass transit accidents, injured passengers and other people who got hurt may be able to look to other businesses for compensation as well following mass transit accidents. For instance, the tour guide which contracted with the bus operation may be responsible financially if it did not properly vet the bus company before offering it a contract to conduct a tour.

Ultimately, an injured passenger may also have to turn to his or her own insurance company provided they purchased coverage that would be applicable.

Minimum Insurance Requirements for Buses

Buses are one way people get to and from the Las Vegas area. One can probably travel trough the city and notice several tour buses on the road which transport passenger from state to state. Usually, these buses go by hardly noticed.

However, if one of these buses is involved in an accident, its likely going to wind up on the news. The reason is that, as is the case with other mass transit accidents, buses transport a lot of people at once, which means an accident has the potential of causing a lot of serious injuries, and this is without even considering other vehicles that might have been in the bus’s path when it crashed.

This is one reason why many bus companies which send vehicles through Nevada to the Las Vegas are required under federal law to carry extra automobile insurance in case the person driving the bus causes an accident.

Specifically, most buses and other vehicles which transport passengers for money have to carry at least $5 million in liability coverage, meaning that after any serious accident which the driver of the bus may cause, there is hopefully plenty of money to compensate victims. Smaller vehicles may only have to carry $1.5 million, simply because the vehicle’s smaller size makes it less of a potential threat.

What this means in practice is that if a person winds up getting hurt because of a negligent bus driver, he or she has legal options that have value. Before simply signing the first settlement offer that an insurance company makes, a victim may want to go over these legal options carefully with a personal injury attorney, if only to know what exactly it is that they are giving up.

What is a "Common Carrier" in Nevada?

Las Vegas is a popular destination for many tourists. People come from all over the country, and indeed the world, for various activities the city has to offer. Whether it is for a vacation, or a conference or another event hosted in the city, many of these individuals do not bring their private vehicles. That means that when coming to Las Vegas, as well as getting around to the city’s various venues, most people are using some form of “common carrier.”

A common carrier, in this context, is a legal term for businesses that hold themselves out as ready and willing to transport people from one place to another, either as part of a fixed, scheduled route, or on an on-call basis. This could include planes, buses, trains and even taxi companies. Some of these may be publicly operated, while others may be privately owned. What they have in common is that they are generally well-regulated by the federal and state governments.

This means that common carriers usually have to comply with many safety rules and regulations in order to operate legally. If one of these rules or regulations is broken, and people suffer injuries as a result, the company itself may be held liable for damages that occur. Further, even if a specific rule isn’t broken, a common carrier has a legal duty to act the way a reasonable operator would in caring for the safety of its passengers and could be responsible if someone in its employ acts negligently and injuries result.

Because many common carriers operate vehicles that carry many people at a time, the results of an accident involving one of these vehicles can be catastrophic. It is very important that those who run these kinds of businesses are held to the highest possible standard of safety to avoid any mass transportation injury situations.

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