A Disney bus collided with a tractor trailer last week while transporting guests back and forth to Orlando International Airport. As a result, five people (including the bus driver) were injured and had to be taken with non life threatening injuries to a local hospital.
Other Accidents With Large Motor Vehicles at Disney Parks
Accidents at these parks seem to be happening with some regularity…For example, late last year an elderly visitor from Massachusetts died after being struck by a bus. According to police, the victim, Robert Krueger, stepped in front of the bus at the Walt Disney World Resort. He was immediately taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. None of the passengers on the bus were injured. Similarly, in early 2010, a boy was struck and killed by a bus while riding his bicycle at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Pedestrians or Regular Cars v. Large Trucks
Every time there is a collision between a regular family car and a tractor trailer, the odds of surviving are stacked against the occupants of the family car. For obvious reasons, if it’s a pedestrian that gets hit by an eighteen wheeler, the odds of survival for the pedestrian are almost inexistent…
According to a 20 year Statistical Report (1975-1995) issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 82,996 occupants of passenger cars died in crashes with large trucks during that period. For the purposes of this report, a motor vehicle used primarily for carrying passengers, including convertibles, sedans, and station wagons is considered a passenger car, while any truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds is considered a large truck.
The number of fatalities during that period for occupants of light trucks involved in crashes with large trucks pales by comparison to those of passenger cars: 35131 deaths in light trucks. A vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or less is a light truck, including pickups, vans, truck-based station wagons and S.U.V.’s. Finally, the number of fatalities is dramatically less for bus passengers: 351. The lesson: when it comes to road safety, bigger is better…
Accidents Involving Trucks or Buses at Amusement Parks
When accidents involve trucks or buses at (or from) amusement parks, the responsible parties (i.e., other than the company that owns the truck), may also include the company that owns the park. Parks like Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, as well as Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure are responsible for the safety of their respective guests. For example, if you were riding on a bus that belongs to or is chartered to one these parks and the bus gets involved in an accident with a truck (or anything else), resulting in injuries to yourself or your loved ones, the park may be found liable because they are responsible for the safety of passengers riding in their buses.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident at an amusement park or anywhere else, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Truck and Amusement Park Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about us and contact us today for a free consultation.