Amateur Organizer Liable for Charter Bus Accident?

If you’ve paid much attention to the recent charter bus accident in North Texas, you may be aware of the role that a non-professional event organizer played in bringing together the bus, the driver, and the passengers on that fateful day. “Casino Sue”, as the woman was commonly known, planned a quarterly trip to a casino in Oklahoma. The accident that occurred earlier this month was just the latest in her party trips for seniors.


There are many people who are potentially responsible for the tragic and fatal accident that occurred recently. The charter bus company, Cardinal Coach Lines, Inc., the driver, and the maker and distributor of various component parts, such as the tires, may each be required to participate in the process of allocating responsibility. Although it may come as a surprise, “Casino Sue”, the amateur organizer, may share in that liability, too.


Even though she may not have been receiving compensation for her efforts, “Casino Sue” nevertheless may have incurred liability as a result of her work to organize the event. Social hosts, for example, are commonly held liable, despite the fact that they receive no remuneration for their efforts. The question is not was she paid, but rather whether she violated a duty to care for her guests by failing to properly determine the possibility of an accident during the festivities.


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