Multiple Bus Crashes in California Cause Numerous Injuries and Deaths
San Jose Bus Accident Attorney
Shockwaves were felt across the nation last month when a FedEx truck collided head-on with a bus carrying high school students in California, killing 10 people and seriously injuring many others on board. The students were on their way to a college visit north of the Bay Area, a first-time opportunity for many of them and their families.
When the FedEx truck crossed the highway median, striking the bus and igniting both vehicles, the hopes and dreams of many Californians perished. Families are filing wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits in the wake of the tragedy.
Dozens of middle school children narrowly escaped disaster during a second bus accident in early May when driver error or mechanical issues caused the school bus to crash into a hillside near Anaheim. Five students required hospitalization, as did the 24-year-old bus driver. According to some of the children, the driver appeared to be ill, but investigators have yet to determine the real cause of the accident.
While driver error is often to blame for hundreds of thousands of car accidents in California each year, the companies who hire the drivers are sometimes to blame as well. Improper driver training and discipline, inadequate vehicle maintenance and overloading of commercial vehicles are common reasons for taking legal action against at-fault businesses. Defective vehicle parts and design may also warrant involving a vehicle manufacturer as well.
A Federal Reaction to Accidents
In response to the mass transit accidents - including a tragic tour bus accident in Southern California in February of last year that killed eight passengers and injured 32 others - federal agencies are escalating actions against unsafe bus companies. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are actively increasing efforts to shut down businesses that fail to adhere to safety standards or have histories of safety problems.
Late last year, the FMCSA reportedly shut down more than 50 bus companies across the U.S. during a nationwide crackdown. Some of the top offences committed by bus drivers working for the companies include the following:
- Driving with suspended licenses
- Running red lights
- Illegally using cellphones while driving
Unfortunately, the federal crackdown did not include any bus companies in California until after a local news team investigated the February tour bus tragedy, finding numerous safety violations. Individual lawsuits, such as those against the companies involved in the recent bus accidents, can help to hold negligent businesses responsible for injuries and deaths.
Consult a Lawyer
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident caused by the negligence of an individual or business, consult a personal injury attorney. A lawyer knowledgeable about injury and wrongful death claims can help hold a negligent company responsible, as well as help you and your family obtain compensation for losses suffered. Call408-293-7777 for a consultation.