The injuries suffered from a Las Vegas casino tour bus accident range from death, serious friction burns, broken ankle, broken bones and even coma to name a few. Recovering for physical pain and suffering and economic loss, past and present, is almost impossible without experienced and local California tour bus accident attorneys. Someday you may need to retain experienced counsel. Perhaps you paid for cheap casino tour tickets and were injured in a tour bus on a casino tour, such as the recent Soledad tour bus accident?
We Have Vast Experience in Tour Bus Claims
Ehline Law Firm PC has vast experience in these cases. For example, perhaps the gambling casino subsidized the casino tour bus operator, and/or paid the negligent tour bus operator a commission per passenger, or based it upon a percentage of what the occupants and you gambled. Did you know that the casino could be liable as a joint venturer, partner or co venturer of the casino? This means the gaming venture has some liability for your personal injuries, not just the tour provider and driver.
Under the above set of facts, the law imposes upon the casino, a duty to make reasonable inspections of tour buses and to make sure the tour bus operator hires responsible employees who aren’t high on drugs for example. Perhaps you were injured while on a casino tour to another state other than Las Vegas, or you were injured in California, on an Indian Casino tour?
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Negligent tour bus operators are not just limited to California. The Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator in Chicago has issued a decision barring the Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority from receiving $622,500 in federal funds due to a pattern of violations of the FTA’s charter bus rules.
Other great free educational resources on the dangers of large vehicles on road are: Bureau of Transportation Statistics Web Site.
What is A “Casino Tour”?
Ehline Law Firm, P.C., has dealt with all types of Tour Bus Accident issues. It is known, for instance that Las Vegas gambling casinos regularly pay bus operators a commission for “herding” tour bus groups together for “casino tours.” It is known that many of these Las Vegas casinos subsidize the tour bus operators from gambling profits, so the tour bus operator can sell tickets for below market price. Aside from the legality of sharing gambling profits with tour bus operators not licensed by the Nevada Gaming authorities, it is alleged in a recent case (Hemsley v. Davis), that the Las Vegas gambling casinos have never even inspected a single “casino tour” bus for safety.
In one case, the driver was was not paying attention to the routes, and instead was distracted, watching a small portable television set, and simultaneously changing channels on the radio! In that case, his vehicle rear ended another bus, and there was a jackknife-rollover, which became horrific, with a fatality, spine and bones broken from being thrashed around inside the enclosed bus. There was even a passenger ejected and catapulted through the break away windows.
But the casinos argued they had no responsibility. This is in spite of the fact the gambling casinos appear to be sharing profits and losses with many negligent tour bus operators. Unfortunately, some tour bus companies overload their tour buses with luggage and passengers, have ill trained, or even drug/alcohol abusing drivers, or some other improper or illegal problem with their tour buses.
Are Seatbelts Required on California Tour Buses??
Many tour bus companies are alleged to put profits over people. Tour buses are usually not equipped with seatbelts. At least one California case says it’s a jury issue as to whether or not tour buses should be equipped with seatbelts. “. . . therefore, the question of negligence and proximate causation for failure to equip the vehicle with seatbelts is a triable issue of fact for the jury.” (Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. Super.Ct. (Chisefski) (1970) 3 Cal.App.3d 356, 359-360.) Ehline will put this case the test with your case.
Our firm will be there to fight for your interests if you reside or work in California. We understand the Vehicle Code. We are experienced and can help you collect money to pay back those exorbitant medical bills, for example. Call our legal hotline if you have been seriously injured, such as from a friction burn, broken leg, broken bone, broken ankle, or any other serious injury caused as a result of the negligent tour bus operator, and/or tour bus driver taking a curb too fast, rolling over, or sideswiping.
If a loved one suffered a fatality as the result of a dangerous casino tour bus, you may be entitled to recover damages for your emotional distress, loss of consortium, and even physical pain and suffering in some instances. You may even be entitled to an award of punitive damages for the casino’s reckless failure to make reasonable inspections as a “common carrier.”
Let Us Fight for You
Michael P. Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm, P.C. will be there to fight for your interests. If you reside or work in California and have been seriously injured, e-mail or call us immediately. If you are seriously injured in Las Vegas tour bus wreck that departed from Los Angeles, or any California city like Marina del Rey, the chances are, you will need money for hospital bills, lost wages. If you think your case fits into any of the above negligent accident areas, Ehline Law Firm PC, should be able to help you. California tour bus accident attorneys are waiting for your call now.