Manhattan tour bus operators owe a high duty of care to passengers, as well as other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the streets and roads. If they don’t obey the rules of the road and cause a tour bus accident, they must be held responsible for the damages caused to others as a result of their negligence. Of course, driving defensively reduces your risk of a collision with a tour bus.
Manhattan is a major center for large tour buses. International tourists flock to NYC and can often be seen taking photos in front of “the bull” in downtown NYC. Additionally, Manhattanites often depart with tour groups to New York & New Jersey casinos, beaches, and other destinations. Manhattan is also home to a large number of sightseeing buses, also sometimes referred to as so-called “Hop-On Hop-Off Buses.”
Manhattan tour buses are heavy vehicles which require constant maintenance and well-trained, alert drivers. When tour bus companies or tour bus drivers fall short of their duty of care, tragedy can result. In recent months and years, there have been far too many tour bus accidents in Manhattan as well as bus crashes that happened elsewhere but involved people traveling to or from New York City. In many cases, these accidents could have been prevented.
Manhattan Tour Bus Accident Statistics
Every year, about 63,000 buses are involved in accidents nationwide, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These accidents result in an average of 325 fatal injuries and 14,000 non-fatal injuries. Most of the people injured or killed were operators or passengers of vehicles or bicyclists.
The most common cause of all bus accidents is driver error. Some common types of driver error include:
- Driving at a rate of speed higher than the speed limit
- Failing to properly yield to pedestrians or bikes
- Not paying attention or inattentiveness
- Drowsiness due to drugged driving or driver fatigue
- Reckless Driving
- Tour busses that fail to maintain their lane of traffic
- Swerving in and out of lane
Because Manhattan Tour Bus Companies are in it for the money, they may be inclined to cut corners and fail to ensure that their buses are properly maintained. Their commercial drivers are also under pressure to cut across lanes of traffic to pick-up new passengers and drop off passengers and may operate unsafely. These Manhattan tour busses sometimes put profits ahead of safety, which places everyone at risk, including the buses’ passengers, other motorists, bikers, livery vehicles, and pedestrians.
Were You Injured in a Tour Bus Accident in Manhattan?
If you have been seriously injured in a Manhattan tour bus accident and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to the money. Contact NYC tour bus accident lawyer Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. at 212-518-2095 or go online.