Woman Sues After Scooter Falls on Her During Walt Disney World Bus Ride

mamabunny

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So the person on the scooter fell off while the scooter remained in place and upright?

This changes the situation to be nearly equal to one standing passenger losing his balance and falling into another standing passenger, like bowling pins toppling.
From the original post, above:

"A New York woman is suing Disney in Orange Circuit Court related to injuries suffered in December 2015 aboard a Walt Disney World bus when another guest’s motorized scooter tipped and knocked her over." (emphasis mine)

From that, I take it that both the rider *and* the ECV tipped over onto the standing Guest.
 

SueM in MN

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From the original post, above:

"A New York woman is suing Disney in Orange Circuit Court related to injuries suffered in December 2015 aboard a Walt Disney World bus when another guest’s motorized scooter tipped and knocked her over." (emphasis mine)

From that, I take it that both the rider *and* the ECV tipped over onto the standing Guest.
Different articles have said different things, so I’m not sure the actual facts will be known until the trial.
This article says “When the bus driver made a sharp turn, it tipped over a woman sitting on a scooter, knocking over Rose, who has since suffered problems with her knees and her back.” (my bold)
That sounds like the woman on the scooter tipped, not the scooter itself.

I’ve seen different articles that say the woman is alleging different things - in fact the headline in the article I linked doesn’t match the text inside the article.
 
  • SueM in MN

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    You don't get the bus moving until the adult is off the scooter? If the adult doesn't move, then you unload and put everyone else on another bus, and leave the adult sitting there on the bus.
    There is not a requirement for the guest to get off an ECV or even to use the seatbelt. It’s a recommendation only.
     

    DisneyOma

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    There is not a requirement for the guest to get off an ECV or even to use the seatbelt. It’s a recommendation only.
    Yes, I know, just explaining how one would "force" someone to do something. But I do think there should be a requirement to either use the seatbelt or sit in a regular seat. That would be common sense, IMO.
     

    Lilsia

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    It is sad that no one gave up a seat so this 70 year old woman did not have to stand on the bus while it was moving. They need a better way of securing the ECVs/wheelchairs on the bus. Plus that bus driver needs to slow down.
     

    SueM in MN

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    It is sad that no one gave up a seat so this 70 year old woman did not have to stand on the bus while it was moving. They need a better way of securing the ECVs/wheelchairs on the bus. Plus that bus driver needs to slow down.
    The system they have for securing ECVs and wheelchairs on the buses is very good and very secure.
    If it was not secured properly, that is a possible training issue. It could also be an ECV equipment issue.

    Also, the ECVs from the Featured Providers should all have secure places to attach the tie down straps. Some from non-Featured providers or people’s personal ECVs may not.
     
  • toocherie

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    Because I could see the bus was going to be full, I stayed on the scooter ONCE--so I wouldn't take up a seat someone else could use. I guess the driver had not adequately secured the scooter and me--because he took a corner much too fast and I started to tip over--the only thing that saved me was the bus was packed and there were two or three burly guys right next to me that kept me from going over. I now always move to a seat.
     

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