Fatal Tour Bus Crash Under InvestigationOctober 23, 2019
A tour bus traveling to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah crashed into a guardrail and rolled off the road, killing four passengers and causing a range of injuries to the remaining passengers. All 30 passengers on the bus were Chinese-speaking tourists traveling in the United States. The bus driver was also injured in the accident. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the bus driver overcorrected the vehicle after it began to veer off the road, causing the bus to tip over. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Utah Highway Patrol will be conducting an investigation into the fatal accident.
Tour bus accidents often result in serious injuries and fatalities, even though they occur less frequently than car accidents or other crashes involving trucks or school buses. Tour buses typically travel on a highways where the speed limit is 55 to 65 miles per hour. In addition, occupants of tour buses do not always wear seat belts, so they are not properly restrained if the vehicle is involved in a collision. These factors likely contribute to the higher rate of injuries and fatalities resulting from tour bus accidents.
Common Causes of Tour Bus Accidents
The following are some of the most common causes of tour bus accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Lack of experience driving a bus
- Mechanical failure
- Other traffic violations
Determining Liability in a Tour Bus Accident
There are a number of parties that may be held liable in a tour bus accident, including the bus driver or the bus company. The following parties are typically named in a tour bus injury lawsuit:
- Tour company: The tour company has a responsibility to ensure that the bus company they hire has a clean safety record. If the bus company has multiple violations, the tour company may share liability with the bus company.
- Bus company: The bus company must ensure that all buses in their fleet are safe and in good working order. In addition, they must only hire drivers who have the appropriate license to operate a bus, have clean driving records, and meet the basic requirements of the job.
- Bus destinations: Tour buses make multiple stops at various destinations over the course of a trip. If a passenger is injured due to unsafe conditions at a tour stop, the venue may be held liable for the injuries.
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