According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a tour bus rolled over at about 3:20, November 18, 2009, on I-90 near Austin, Minnesota. It was headed eastbound on I-90 when it crossed into the westbound lanes and rolled over.
The accident killed two people and seriously injured several others. At first glance, it appears people are dead and others injured because the driver negligently lost control of the bus.
The bus is owned by Bold Lines, Inc., doing business as Strain Tours, of Rochester.
Tour buses should be extremely safe, and it is the responsibility of charter companies like Strain Tours to make sure that passengers on their buses arrive safely at their destinations. Buses are common carriers and are obligated under federal law to provide a high level of safety to their passengers.
Tour bus companies are liable for personal injuries to passengers if the driver was negligent, poorly trained, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the bus was not properly maintained.
Under Minnesota law, if a personal injury occurs because the carrier was not in compliance with safety regulations, the carrier may have total liability for personal injuries. A traffic law or other safety violation is prima facie evidence of negligence, meaning negligence will be found if there was not a very good excuse for the violation.
If someone is injured in a tour bus accident, they can sue for compensation, which can include amounts for the following: medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, loss of quality of life, and other damages.
If someone is killed, their family can file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you would like to talk to a bus accident lawyer, contact our law firm at 1-888-377-8900.