Law Offices in Houston and Bellaire
Call for a Free Initial Consultation
B. L. Jensen, L.P.B. L. Jensen, L.P.
Local: 832-460-3366
Toll Free: 877-297-7414

Se Habla Español Email Us

Man killed when doors of party bus burst open in traffic

Party buses and limos are promoted as a safe way to get friends together and drink into the wee hours without the risk of driving drunk. However, they're also sometimes a party to terrible accidents.

In a somewhat bizarre incident, an Illinois man was recently killed when he went to adjust the radio at the front of the 32-seat bus he had rented with friends to celebrate a birthday. Somehow, he lost his balance, fell down the steps and against the glass door of the bus.

Experts theorize that his body weight was enough to push the door open, throwing him headlong onto the concrete road outside, straight into the path of oncoming traffic. He was subsequently hit by a sports utility vehicle and killed.

While the vehicle that hit the man fled the scene, investigators are also hoping to determine if the door to the bus was properly locked, or if there was some sort of mechanical failure with the bus equipment or another issue that led to the doors opening while the bus was in transit.

Unfortunately, deaths and injuries on party buses aren't exactly rare events — many feel that they are often overused and poorly maintained. Taking a bus off the road to do a thorough safety check on the equipment and making follow-up repairs potentially means lost revenue. Others question how a door to such a large vehicle could so easily be opened while the vehicle is in motion and why there aren't better safeguards in place to prevent such accidents.

In addition, the safety rules that do exist are often laxly enforced by drivers who feel that it isn't their job to manage the revelers. Victims have even died from standing up on the tops of double-decker buses and hitting their heads on overpasses or drunkenly opening the doors of buses that are in motion on purpose to hang off the side.

If a close relative was killed in an accident involving a party bus, consider talking to an attorney about the possibility of litigation. There are possibly several different potential defendants —the bus and tour companies (if the party or tour was arranged through a service) each have a responsibility to make sure that guests are given the safe ride they're promised.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Libertyville man struck, killed in hit-and-run after falling off party bus," Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, June 03, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get A Free Consultation

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Brian Jensen

Representation in the Houston Area with 3 Convenient Locations:

Bellaire Office
Frost Bank Building, 6750 West Loop South, Suite 800
Bellaire, TX 77401

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Fax: 713-665-6818
Bellaire Law Office Map

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
440 Louisiana Street
Suite 2080
Houston, TX 77002

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
14439 Twisted Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77079

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

Review Us

  • Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished AV | Peer review rated | for ethical standards and legal ability | LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell
  • Texas board of legal specialization TBLS 1974
  • Board Certified | Texas board of legal specialization | Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Texas trial lawyers association