On Saturday, March 12th, a casino tour bus stalled out on the railroad tracks on Main Street in Biloxi. Thankfully, no injuries occurred in this incident, although it did take some time for police and emergency workers to clear the bus from the tracks.
Casino bus tours are a growing business. Tour operators promise guided tours as part of a vacation package that includes stops at one or more Biloxi casinos. Unfortunately, charter and tour motorcoaches are often plagued with mechanical problems such as worn-out or out-of adjustment brakes. Additionally, drivers are subject to fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel, leading to serious or deadly accidents. On average, more than 1,000 motorcoach accidents occur every year. Dozens of these accidents involve fatalities, and multiple fatalities in a bus accident are not uncommon.
Who is liable to injury victims in a casino bus tour accident? It seems clear that accident victims will seek compensation not only from the negligent driver but also the tour operator which employed the driver and was responsible for maintaining the bus in safe working order. But what about the casinos themselves? After an accident, casinos often try to distance themselves from the tour bus operators, pretending like the tour companies are independent operators. But further investigation may reveal that the casino subsidized the tour. In some cases, casinos may pay a commission to the operator, either on a per passenger basis or even based on how much the passengers gambled during the tour! Many casinos also post tour bus schedules on their website to encourage participation, which seems to imply endorsement of the bus company and the promise of a safe, fun trip.
A seasoned and aggressive injury attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident and seek to include all responsible parties when pursuing claims that arise out of a complicated bus accident. If you have been injured in a casino tour bus accident or other motor vehicle accident or casino injury, call Biloxi attorney Corban Gunn at 228.284.6805 for a free consultation on your potential claims.