Casino Tour Bus Accidents
Casinos offer a variety of entertainment options. Whether you are attending a show, eating at the buffet, playing the slots, or trying your hand at blackjack, visiting a casino can provide a way to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. Many casinos seek to add to the convenience of the experience by providing transportation from hotels, airports, and even neighboring towns to the casino and back again. Most of the time, this situation works well for both the casino and the patrons. However, sometimes, accidents occur during tour bus transportation.
Duty of Care of Drivers
You should know that casinos and private bus companies owe their customers a duty of care. For example, drivers have a duty to follow traffic rules. This means they should not speed, drive through red lights, or turn from the wrong lane. It also means they should drive below the posted speed limit when certain conditions, such as bad weather, make following the speed limit unsafe. Drivers also have a duty to their passengers. For example, drivers should not start or stop the bus suddenly, which could result in injury. Drivers should not depart before passengers are safely seated. Finally, drivers should drop their passengers off at a safe location.
Duty of Care of Agency Hiring Drivers
Agencies have a duty not to hire bus drivers who are not qualified to operate such a vehicle. Agencies should not simply take the word of an applicant, but rather should confirm the driver has the requisite license to operate the coach in question. Further, background checks are a must. Where appropriate, screening to determine potential drug or alcohol use should be implemented.
Duty of Care Regarding Bus Maintenance
Depending on the circumstances, either the casino, the bus company, or both may bear the duty of care regarding the maintenance of buses used in casino bus tours. Buses should be subject to regular maintenance. Some of the many points of inspection include making sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition, brakes are working properly, the windshield wipers are not only in working order, but sufficient to clear the windshield of rain, sleet, or (depending on location) snow. Generally speaking, buses should be free from defect.
Additionally, the interior of the bus should be maintained in a manner that ensures the safety of the passengers. For example, spills should be cleaned up quickly to reduce, if not eliminate, the potential for slips and falls. Steps should be clearly marked with bright reflective tape to avoid falls and other injuries. If the bus comes equipped with seatbelts, these should all be in working order.
Injuries Incurred on Casino Bus Tours
There have been several recent well publicized casino bus tour accidents, including some which have resulted in the death of passengers. Other, less publicized cases include injuries such as broken bones, neck and back injuries, internal injuries, and facial disfigurement.
If You Have Been Injured in a Casino Bus Accident
If you have been injured in a casino bus accident, you may have a claim and be entitled to compensation. This compensation may include medical bills, lost wages, and other past, present, and future economic and non-economic losses. If a loved one has been killed in a casino bus accident, you may have a legitimate wrongful death claim.
Many casino buses have video cameras which may have valuable information about the crash, or the events that led up to the crash. Additionally, there are laws governing the amount of time a lawsuit can be filed. As such, it is essential to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case as soon as possible. Casino bus accident cases are taken on contingency. This means there is no cost to you unless we win your case.