Since most buses do not require or provide any form of safety restraint and allow passengers to stand while the vehicle is in motion with only a handle or a bar to grasp for balance, there are often injuries to passengers during an accident. In addition, buses can also cause a great deal of damage to other vehicles involved. Considering the size and weight of buses, smaller cars stand little chance in case of a collision.
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Determining liability after a tour bus accident in Florida is not as easy as it might first seem. Contrary to popular belief, the tour bus company is not the only entity that could be held liable for the accident that left you injured. In fact, there are a number of entities that could be involved in a case of this nature, which is why it is so important to secure legal representation at this time. With the help of a legal professional, you can better establish who is responsible for the accident in which you were involved, and then take legal action accordingly.
Depending on the type of bus that was involved in an accident, there are several different avenues of legal pursuit that can be taken. Which avenue should be made on your behalf will be up to the personal injury attorney who is chosen to represent your case. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that you choose the right representation for your case. Typically, the parties that can be involved in a tour bus accident lawsuit are as follows:
Tour Company: Generally, a tour company will enter into a contract with a local bus company, thus binding the two together in a mutual business agreement. At the time that a bus company is selected, it will be the responsibility of the tour company to find and hire a bus company with a clean record of safety. After a tour bus accident, if it can be shown that the bus company had a history of safety violations prior to being hired, the tour company should be made to share liability with the owner of the bus. In the event that the tour company owns and operates its own bus transportation, it will be held to the same degree of liability as would the bus company that it hired.
Bus Company: A bus company is expected to own and operate only vehicles that have been proven to function safely. In addition to its responsibility to have only safe buses in its fleet, the bus company is also responsible for hiring adequately licensed drivers that have proven their ability to meet basic driving requirements. Accordingly, an accident that is caused by an outdated or poorly maintained vehicle can be the fault of the bus company itself. The same is true of accidents that are caused by the driver who was employed by the bus company.
Bus Destinations: Typically, a tour bus will stop at many different locations throughout the duration of the tour being given. At these stops, passengers of the bus are automatically subjected to the local conditions of each location along the way. As such, oil slicks, unkempt brush, poorly maintained facilities and the like can all be liabilities of the tour bus destination. In these situations, it is the owner of the venue that should be held liable for the damages that resulted.
After a tour bus accident, it is not your responsibility to determine who should be held liable for the collision that occurred. You can rely on an attorney at Mesa Law Firm for this. In fact, we encourage you to do exactly that. When you align yourself and your case with a personal injury lawyer at our office, you can rest assured that your well-being is in the hands of a professional team with 15 years of experience. Together, we will work to ensure that you stand the best chances of securing the financial compensation that you need after a bus accident in Florida, so don't hesitate to contact us today.
Mesa Law Firm is a firm with experience that truly cares about its clients. With recognition from reputable publications such as Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite™ and Martindale-Hubbell, as well as a "Superb" (10 out of 10) rating by Avvo®, and 15 years of experience, our founding attorney, Joseph A. "Tony" Mesa, III, has the knowledge and resources necessary to help you fight for the compensation you may be entitled to.
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