Is Touring New York On A Tour Bus Safe?

Use Of Tour Buses While In NYC

New York City is a center of international finance, politics, culture and entertainment. This world renowned city attracts millions of business and recreational visitors. To help the visitors travel in a hassle-free way, New York City rental and charter buses companies offer a comfortable and also economical mode of transport.

With so much congestion and heavy traffic on New York City roads, tour buses provide an uninterrupted and worry-free alternative and particularly to group transportation. There are numerous companies that provide tour bus services in New York. These services involve transportation to and from meetings, recreational events, religious events, airports, sports events, parties, conventions, school trips, group tours and other tourist attraction sites.

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Benefits of Using Tour Buses

Using tour buses as a form of transportation while in NYC can:

  • Save you money
  • Help decrease your contact with the environment
  • Help you relax as you travel from one location to the other

Risks Involved in Using Tour Bus Services

When using the tour bus form of transportation, you put all your trust into those operating the vehicle. Nevertheless,
this show of trust is not always honored. Hundreds of tour bus accidents occur every year and in New York especially the 2011 Tour Bus accident certainly exposed the serious dangers to the safety of all passengers, operators, and other motorists and pedestrians that these buses pose. Being aware of the potential dangers when using a tour bus can help to better prepare and protect your wellbeing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted a study in 2011 titled Report on Curbside Motor coach Safety.¬†According to the study, about 241 million trips took place on all charter buses during 2009. While the study focuses more on the growing curbside bus business, it also contains additional data and outlook across the motor-coach and bus industry. Statistics from the study show that during 2009, the bus passengers’ casualty rate was 45 deaths per 100,000 accidents as compared with 251 deaths per 100,000 accidents for passenger motor car occupants. Additionally, the average number of motor coach accidents annually from 2005-2010 was 1,003. 32 of all the accidents were disastrous, causing 44 deaths, 505 accidents were nonfatal and 467¬†accidents involved material goods only.

Common Tour Bus Crash Causes

Bus accidents tend to be extremely hazardous and possibly deadly. This is because of their size and the deficiency of safety equipment in most buses. Some of the major reasons why tour bus accidents occur in New York City include:

  • Motorists’ negligence such as inattentiveness or incompetence in operating the vehicle
  • Low road quality such as improper signage or missing guardrails
  • Manufacturing defects and errors such as tire defects
  • Vehicular faults such as tire blowouts or brake failure
  • Mechanical faults such as engine parts that are poorly repaired

What Next After Sustaining Injuries In A Tour Bus Accident?

Given that tour buses have so many people making use of them, when involved in an accident it can be very hazardous. Nevertheless, if you or a loved one is involved in a tour bus crash, a personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can handle your bus accident case, seek justice for you or a loved one who’s been injured in the accident, and possibly help to reduce more accidents by holding unreliable bus operators and manufacturers accountable.

By | 2016-10-28T11:19:58+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Car / Auto Accidents|

About the Author:

Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

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