Handling a Tour Bus Accident
With spring only a few months away, the tourist season is steadily approaching. Embarking on a tour bus trip is an adventure sought out by many Americans and usually proves to be a safe and enjoyable means of seeing the country. Unfortunately, tour bus accidents do occur, and the resulting damage can be catastrophic.
Take, for example, the tragedy of a recent tour bus crash in Oregon. This harrowing event occurred when the bus skidded down an embankment near Pendleton. Nine people were killed, 39 others injured.
Two Korean exchange students, survivors of the crash, recently filed a lawsuit against the tour bus company. The students’ bus accident lawyer alleged the bus driver was working illegal overtime, speeding through dangerous conditions and failing to respond to speed warnings. However, the tour bus company has stated that black ice was responsible. As you can see, it’s difficult to quickly attribute fault in an accident of this scale.
So what is the proper way to react if you or a loved one is involved in a tour bus accident? We have comprised a list of steps to ensure you remain safe and also retain the best evidence for your case.
- The first step, of course, is to alert all emergency authorities of the accident and see that everyone is provided with medical attention. Some injuries may not be visible, so it’s best to always seek medical help after a large crash.
- Confirm all necessary information is gathered for your case. Take names of witnesses and the bus driver, pictures of the accident scene and road conditions, license plate numbers, and the bus company name.
- If you’re providing a statement to the police, don’t admit any fault and don’t make speculations as to what occurred – state only the facts as you observed them.
- Do not speak to a representative of the tour bus company (including their insurance provider) without your own legal counsel.
- Do not sign any documents without your own legal counsel.
As soon as possible after the accident, you should contact an accredited bus accident lawyer. Without a lawyer, you may become responsible for future medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. At Garcia & Artigliere, we don’t want anyone to be subject to that hardship. Our lawyers fight to ensure you’re compensated for what you deserve.
Remember, our firm takes these cases on a contingency basis — meaning that until your case is resolved, you pay nothing to us. If you or someone you love has endured a tour bus accident, contact us today at (800) 328-2630 for a free case review.