Tour Bus Accidents

Miami Attorneys Representing Victims of Vehicle Collisions

In South Florida, tour buses are utilized by residents and tourists alike. Whether going to explore a different city, or hopping on a tour bus to learn more about your own, tour buses are ever-present. Professional tour bus drivers and companies are required to operate safely and drive responsibly in order to reduce the risk of injuries to passengers or other motorists. However, this is not always the case, and dangerous tour bus accidents and injuries can occur when a driver acts negligently, or a company fails to adhere to proper standards. The Miami bus accident lawyers at our law firm help tourists injured in these accidents exercise their legal rights and receive the compensation they are entitled to following a collision. Those injured in a tour bus accident may not know who is responsible, and our team assists in investigating the cause of a collision to make that determination, as well as to pursue legal action against those liable. We represent victims injured in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties, as well as across South Florida. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a tour or other type of bus, and need help determining your next legal step, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to find out more about how we can help.

Causes of Tour Bus Collisions

Tour bus accidents can occur anywhere from busy highways to residential streets. Regardless of the speed a bus is traveling, when it is involved in any type of collision, passengers as well as others on the road can be severely injured. Some of the most common causes of a tour bus accident include:

  • Buses traveling at excessive speeds
  • Sudden stops or accelerations
  • Rollover accidents
  • Highway collisions
  • Defects or malfunctions in wheelchair lifts
  • Injuries caused by a bus door

A Miami attorney experienced in bus accident cases can assess whether careless conduct of this nature involving a driver or another party caused your injuries. In addition to these examples, there are other precautions a driver should take to avoid harming passengers or others, such as making sure the bus maintains proper turning distance; waiting for every passenger, especially elderly persons, to be seated before moving the bus; making sure all passengers have fully entered or exited the vehicle before pulling away from a stop; and stopping at safe locations for passengers to disembark. Proper maintenance of a bus is also necessary to avoid injuries, and this responsibility falls on both drivers and tour bus companies.

Liability for Injuries Sustained in Tour Bus Accidents

Bus companies that provide touring services are common carriers known as motor coaches, and are subject to both federal and state regulations, just like public transportation companies and other types of bus carriers. With the help of a knowledgeable bus accident lawyer in Miami, those injured in tour bus accidents can receive compensation from responsible parties such as negligent drivers and companies, as well as manufacturers in situations involving defective vehicles or parts. Negligence exists where one party has breached its legal duty to act reasonably given the circumstances, causing an injury, which results in damages. For instance, a tour bus driver who pulls away from a curb without checking to make sure a passenger has disembarked fully from the vehicle and injuring that passenger would likely be found negligent. Additionally, a tour bus operator who fails to engage in regular inspections of its fleet, resulting in a passenger being injured by a wheelchair lift that has fallen into disrepair, can be liable for such injuries. Victims in these cases may be entitled to damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, and diminished earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering.

Personal Injury Lawyers Serving South Florida

Tour bus accidents, as with those involving charter buses or any large vehicle, can cause significant and sometimes life-altering injuries. Victims of these accidents often need time and financial resources in order to recover. Our bus accident attorneys are dedicated to holding the responsible parties accountable for your injuries. We help people in communities including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and other cities in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties. If you’ve been injured in a tour bus accident, please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online today schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options.