Bus Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
While all parents hope their children’s ride to school is safe and uneventful, there are times when school buses are involved in accidents. Most bus drivers are extremely cautious and obey all road signs and traffic laws, but sometimes other drivers aren’t as careful.
The Grand Canyon Tour Company, Gogo Charter Bus Las Vegas, and Open Top Sightseeing are just a few of the best private tour buses you can ride in and around Vegas. However, a recent bus accident in the Mojave Desert involving a tour bus traveling from Fresno to Las Vegas reminds us that tour bus accidents do happen.
Las Vegas soared into 2017 making headlines right away—the city was running a test on its first self-driving bus! While these automobiles may certainly be the wave of the future for Vegas and other cities, not to mention the public at some point, even this short test run has raised some serious liability issues.
Phoenix bus accidents, like all other accidents that happen in the Metro area and throughout the state of Arizona, happen fast and often take the victims completely by surprise. Whether you’re walking down the street, crossing the street or driving in a vehicle, you likely won’t see a collision with a bus coming until the bus is already upon you, when it’s too late to do anything but hope that the accident isn’t too bad and doesn’t cause too much damage or too many injuries. Crashes with buses, because they involve such a large vehicle, have the potential to cause severe injuries and fatalities. While there are many different causes of bus accidents in the Metro area, some of the most common incidents are caused by the following:
Common carriers are mass transit companies that transport passengers in taxi cabs, buses, trains and airplanes. All common carriers are legally obligated to provide the highest duty of care to ensure that their passengers arrive at their destination safely. This duty of care requires all common carriers to regularly maintain their vehicles, to hire skilled and qualified drivers and to warn passengers of any potential dangers. When a bus company fails to obey this duty of care, they may be held liable for the injuries and damages caused.
Determining liability for an Arizona bus crash can be a complicated process. A few examples of potential liable parties include the bus company, manufacturer and driver. Negligent bus drivers may be held liable for the accidents they cause. When the bus driver has a history of negligent driving, the bus company may be held liable for hiring that driver in the first place. For example, common carriers are required to test drivers for alcohol and drug use. The bus manufacturer may be held liable for a crash if it is caused by a defective bus part or design.
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