Casino Tour Bus Accident Injures 24
Just over a year after a casino tour bus accident killed 15 on its way back to Manhattan, another similar bus was involved in an accident. This time, fortunately, no one was killed, but two dozen people were sent to area hospitals with injuries.
According to the Associated Press, the bus was returning to Chinatown in Queens from a the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut when the accident happened.
The driver reportedly veered across three lanes of traffic and slid 500 feet along a barrier before coming to a rest. It happened on Northbound Interstate 95 in the early morning hours.
The driver was most seriously injured as he was ejected from the bus. No one had “serious” injuries but all passengers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
The bus line responsible for the bus is named Star Tag. Like the doomed bus in the tragic March 2011 accident, it mainly caters to Asian New Yorkers and runs frequent trips to casinos in surrounding states. However, unlike that other bus, Star Tag is not being shut down as a result of this accident though there’s little doubt that an investigation will be launched.
Several bus accidents have made headlines over the past few years. This led the National Transportation Safety Board to launch a crackdown on tour buses like this one, shuttering several companies permanently.
The accident in March of last year was blamed on the driver’s lack of sleep and little oversight from the company he worked for. He is facing manslaughter charges.
Star Tag buses, which operates out of Queens, has received four citations for unsafe driving in the last two years. Also, every inspection resulted in vehicle maintenance violations. While vehicle maintenance violations may not seem serious and are actually quite common, they can sometimes be a sign of a company who has little oversight of their bus line.
Whether you take a bus to get to work or for a fun getaway, you want to know that your safety is important to the driver and the company behind the tour bus. When it’s not, tragedy can occur.
Bus accidents have the potential to be especially tragic. It’s not uncommon for people to be thrown from their seats even in “minor” bus accidents, causing potentially major injuries.
When you are hurt in any accident that isn’t your fault, you have rights. When the accident is because someone was negligent in protecting your safety, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Let the attorneys at Omrani & Taub help you navigate the legal system. Contact our offices today to discuss your case and to see how we can help. Call 212-LAW-SUIT now.