Massachusetts Sightseeing Tour Injury Lawsuits
Boston, Cambridge and the entire metro area of Massachusetts is worth seeing on a tour. The amount of rich history and interesting facts to be learned warrant multiple types of tours and excursions to try and soak up as much of the beautiful ambiance of the city as possible. Unfortunately, injuries on such tours do occur, and if they occur due to the negligence of a tour company you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the Cambridge personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP today if you were injured while touring the city.How Can Tour Injuries Happen?
Tours are conducted in Boston and Cambridge in a variety of ways. Some tour companies opt for the on-foot, walking approach, while other companies utilize large open-roof buses and other, famously, use the amphibious multi-purpose vehicles known locally as Duckboats to show the best of what Beantown has to offer.
As with any public excursion, companies dealing in experiences with people have a burden of responsibility to ensure their safety while engaging in their services. This means that tour buses must have seat belts that prevent serious injuries in the event of a crash, Duckboats and other tour buses must be inspected regularly to assure there are no malfunctions ready to occur while a full tour is aboard.
We have seen cases of people being injured on tours, such as by:
- Falling off of or out of tour buses
- Slipping and falling during tours
- Pedestrian accidents involving Duckboats or tour buses
- Accidents involving vehicles in crosswalks during walking tours
While tour participants have to accept a certain amount of risk when they sign up for a tour, tour companies can be held liable for injuries if they failed to maintain a reasonable level of safety for those who sign up. For example, if a tour bus company fails to check their tire pressure before and after tours, and a tire blows out and causes a serious wreck that harms people on board, they would be liable for any suits brought by those who were injured.
If a tour guide puts tour participants into a dangerous situation, such as trying to get them to cross the street without a proper crossing signal or at a point in the street that doesn’t have a crosswalk, that tour guide could be held liable if a tour participant is hit by a car or other type of vehicle.Let Us Help You File a Claim
As with all personal injury claims, the key to a successful suit is establishing that the defendant was negligent in upholding their responsibility to maintain the safety of individuals placed into their care. As in the case of tour companies, this means proving that they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent an injury, such as the aforementioned seatbelt example, or failing to establish verbal rules that tour participants are required to follow prior to beginning the tour.
The personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of our clients who are injured in Boston, Cambridge and elsewhere throughout Massachusetts. We have a special perspective on dealing with tour-related injuries, as we are located in one of the tourist hotspots of the state in Cambridge and downtown Boston.
If you or a loved one was injured in an incident which occurred on a tour, reach out to our offices to assess the situation and see about getting started on filing a claim.
Contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.