New York City Tour Bus Accident Attorney
New York City is a major hub for large tour buses. Visiting tourists come into the city, and New Yorkers depart with tour groups to outlying casinos, beaches and other East Coast destinations. Manhattan also is the home to a large number of sightseeing buses.
Operating these heavy vehicles requires strict maintenance and well-trained, alert drivers. When tour bus companies or other drivers fall short of their duty of care, tragedy can result. In recent months and years, there have been a large number of fatal tour bus accidents in the vicinity of New York City as well as bus crashes that happened elsewhere but involved people traveling to or from New York.
As a common carrier, bus operators owe a high duty of care to passengers, as well as other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on the streets and roads. If they break the rules and cause a serious tour bus accident, they must be held responsible for the damages.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New York tour bus collision, protect your rights by calling the New York City bus accident injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., for a consultation. There is no obligation, so call today at 212-279-2000 or contact the firm through our online form.
About NYC Tour Bus Accidents
Each year, about 63,000 buses are involved in accidents nationwide, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Those wrecks result in an average of 325 fatal injuries and 14,000 non-fatal injuries. Most of the people injured or killed were occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists.
A study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that about 11 percent of all bus accidents involve tour buses. Only school buses and local transit buses were involved in more accidents. There are many more of those types of buses on the road.
During the seven-year study period, charter or tour buses accounted for 396 fatalities. Statistics also show that tour bus passengers are more likely to die in an accident than bus drivers.
Driver error was overwhelmingly the most common cause of all bus accidents. Some common types of driver error include:
- Failure to yield
- Reckless or erratic driving and
- Not staying in the lane of travel.
Learn more about common types of driver error.
The study also revealed that tour bus drivers had a higher-than-average history of prior accidents and moving violations.
In hopes of assuring safer tour bus driver and safer vehicles, both the federal and New York State governments have established regulations, including limits on the hours a driver can stay behind the wheel without a break. The rules also require maintenance, inspection and safety equipment.
All of that costs money. As demonstrated by recent tour bus wrecks in the New York City area, some operators appear to be more interested in making money on trips than making sure their drivers and vehicles are safe.
New York City now has special licensure requirements for the operators of double-decker and other sightseeing buses within the city. They require the buses to be inspected twice per year and to adhere to all state and federal regulations. New York City also requires tour buses to stick to truck routes within the city, except for diversions necessary to reach specific destinations.
Any evidence that a New York tour bus operator ran afoul of the regulations and laws governing the operation and maintenance of buses could be introduced as evidence in a New York tour bus accident lawsuit. There are also certain circumstances where the design of the bus itself could be to blame for the accident and the resulting injuries. Whatever the cause, it is important to act fast to investigate a tour bus crash because time has a way of making crucial evidence disappear.
Were You Hurt in a Tour Bus Accident in Manhattan? Call Our NYC Bus Accident Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a tour bus wreck and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation. The NYC personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., are skilled at evaluating traffic accident claims and have a track record of getting results for their clients. Call our firm today at 212-279-2000 or use our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.