Party Buses Can Be Dangerous: Learn About the Most Common Causes of Accidents on Party Buses
Party buses are advertised as a great way for a group of people to enjoy a night of partying without worrying about finding a sober driver. They are used for bachelor parties, birthday parties, concerts, proms, and other celebratory events. They generally have LED lighting, dance floors, sound systems, and may have additional features like smoke machines and dancing piles.
Despite the fact that people rent party buses to have a good time, they can sometimes lead to tragedy. Party bus accidents are more common than you may think. If you or a loved one has been involved in one, please contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to learn more. In the meantime, read on to discover the most common causes of party bus accidents.
Party Bus Accidents Are on the Rise
Unfortunately, party bus accidents have become more common in recent years. In the four-year period between 2009 and 2013, there were 22 party bus accidents reported throughout the country – 18 of which involved fatalities. In total, there were 48 injured parties in those accidents. Since then, the number of accidents per year – and the number of fatalities – has risen.
Common Causes of Party Bus Accidents
By far the most common cause of party bus accidents is a person falling out of the bus. In fact, of the 22 party bus accidents described above, ten of them involved passengers falling off the bus. This generally happened due to the passenger hitting or falling on the exit lever, which then opened the door and they fell out.
Other common causes of party bus accidents include passengers sticking their heads out of the vehicle and striking something, driver fatigue, lack of bus maintenance, reckless or negligent driving by another involved vehicle, or drunk driving.
What Does California Law Say About Party Buses?
Six years ago, Assembly Bill 45 passed in California. It addressed underage drinking in party buses and attempted to reduce it. This law requires that when a person books a party bus, they must state if anyone on the bus will be under the age of 21 and if alcohol will be served on the bus.
If both are true then the person renting the bus must designate a person who is at least 25 years old to act as a chaperone. That chaperone must inform the passengers that if a person under the age of 21 is found to have alcohol or being drinking, the bus will go back to the starting point and the money will be forfeited to the bus company. The law also states that the driver must inspect the bus for alcohol before the bus takes off if all passengers are under the age of 21.
If you have been injured in a party bus accident then we encourage you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We will carefully consider your case and help you discover your legal options.