As we previously reported on our California Injury Lawyers, a recent busing accident took the lives of 8 people and injured another 38 passengers. The bus slammed into a car, flipped over and hit a pickup truck. The early morning bus accident happened just before 7:00 a.m. on State Route 38.
Now, a mother and a daughter who were injured have filed a lawsuit against the operator of the tour bus and the charter company that organized the trip. It was filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court.
Our Los Angeles busing accident attorneys understand that the woman filing suit suffered from two broken legs as well as a broken pelvis in the early-February accident. She also lost the use of one of her arms. Her daughter broke one of her arms in the crash as well.
According to investigations, the brakes on the bus failed as it was descending down a steep mountain. The bus was carrying a busload of tourists.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Scapadas Magicas was ordered earlier this month to stop operating because the buses were not properly maintained and weren't properly inspected. Officials also discovered that drivers weren't operating with the proper qualifications.
Regulators report that they found that two of the company's buses were also operating with serious mechanical problems. Officials conducted inspections on 25 of Scapadas Magicas' buses. More than 20 of them were cited with serious vehicle maintenance citations. Many of the vehicles were even placed out of service.
There were close to 15,000 buses involved in accidents in the U.S. in 2012. There were close to 250 people who were killed in these accidents, according to FARS.
Many of these accidents are completely preventable. It's important that officials stay on top of busing companies to help to ensure that companies are properly inspecting their buses and making sure that their drivers are up to date with all proper training and certifications.
The truth of the matter is that the majority of bus accidents are caused by careless or negligent behavior on the part of the bus driver, bus company or owner, another driver or pedestrian.
Common Causes of Busing Accidents:
-Failure to frequently inspect buses.
-Abrupt lane changes.
-Traveling too fast for current weather conditions.
-Under-qualified bus drivers.
-Drowsy driving/driving under the influence.
Before you chose a company to travel with, make sure you do your homework. Look into company's safety ratings and complaints filed. It's important that you keep an eye on these ratings over the price. The lowest price bus fares don't always come with the safest rides.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a busing accident, it's critical for you to be familiar with your legal rights. You aren't just a number or a statistic. You need to find an experienced and aggressive attorney who can help. Find an attorney experienced in dealing with bus crash cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a busing accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
California Bus Accident Kills 8, Injures 38, California Injury Lawyers, February 5, 2013
Choosing a Safe Bus Company for Your Trip, California Injury Lawyers, January 6, 2013