A double-decker tour bus crashed earlier this month in San Francisco, startling many bystanders and seriously injuring several passengers. According to one national news report, the driver of the tour bus lost control and ended up causing destruction across almost two city blocks. A witness reported that they saw the tour bus driving very fast – what seemed like over 40 M.P.H. – through an intersection. The witness also stated that the bus looked “like it was going out of control.”
The bus ended up slamming into a bicyclist, hitting two pedestrians, and then colliding with several cars, all without stopping. The tour bus finally ended its path of destruction when it came to a stop in the middle of a construction site in the popular Union Square, an area known for its shopping and hotels.
Witnesses told reporters that the accident sounded as though a bomb went off and that it seemed like the bus did not have brakes. After the bus finally stopped, over 20 of the 30 passengers were injured, and eight individuals were taken to local hospitals. As of the time of publication of the article, four people were still in critical condition following the accident.
Police have not determined the cause of the accident. They are looking into whether the mechanics of the bus were compromised or whether the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Bus Accident Liability in New Mexico
In any accident resulting in injuries, there may be several legal theories that are implicated in an accident victim’s case seeking monetary compensation for their injuries. In the above case specifically, it is possible the victims may bring a claim under the theory of negligence, based on the heightened duty of the “common carrier.” Under this theory, a bus company that offers transportation for a fee may be liable to those injured in an accident. Other common carriers may include school buses, cabs, trains, tour buses, and boats. These operators have a heightened duty to remain vigilant and exercise a high degree of care to ensure the safety of their passengers. If an individual is hurt because a driver of a common carrier was acting negligently, they may be able to bring a wrongful death or personal injury suit against the driver or company.
Another legal issue may arise if the accident victim signed a waiver of liability. This may occur in cases when an individual was traveling on a tour bus or boat and was required to sign a waiver of liability in order to participate. In these cases, the operator may try to avoid liability by having the participant sign away their right to sue if they are injured. However, there are many issues that come with these waivers, and it is important to contact an attorney to discuss the laws surrounding their use.
Have You Been Injured While Riding a Tour Bus?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident while aboard a common carrier, and you believe your injury was the result of negligence, you should contact an attorney at the Fine Law Firm. An attorney at the Fine Law Firm can assist you in determining what theory of law applies and can help you navigate towards a favorable outcome. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact the Fine Law Firm today at 800-640-6590 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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