Central Valley Bus Crash

Posted on September 16, 2014 by

Buses form an important part of a community’s public transportation system, connecting communities by transporting large numbers of people faster and more efficiently.

But a motor vehicle’s size does not always guarantee passenger safety during transit. Factors such as poor driver attention and vehicle maintenance can lead to accidents similar to the recent bus crash in the Central Valley, Los Angeles.

The accident in a string of bus crashes in L.A., involved a tour bus was headed for Washington and traveling in the slow lane when it suddenly rear-ended a big rig on the California 99 in Tulare. The tour bus had 35 passengers,15 of whom were treated for injuries, including the driver, while 17 other passengers suffered minor bumps and bruises.

Undetermined Cause

The cause of the Central Valley bus accident remains unclear.The bus driver maintains that the bus encountered some fog although weather reports did not indicate bad weather or the prevalence of fog at the time. However, records of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (the agency charged with regulating passenger buses) show that Fronteras del Norte, the bus operator, has in the past two years accumulated a poor track record of more than 200 vehicle maintenance violations, including a broken cab door, defective brakes, and insufficient emergency exits.

Moreover, a recent undercover investigative report of the NBC4 I-Team revealed that drivers of Fronteras del Norte’s bus company used handheld mobile phones while driving, and were often distracted behind the wheel.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, it is important to seek legal advice and assistance in order to recover compensation for your injuries.

A negligent bus company should compensate you for your medical costs, lost income or earnings, any property damage, and pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can represent you in negotiations with the bus company’s lawyers, or its insurer, and aggressively pursue your claim in court if an out-of-court settlement is not possible.

When choosing your personal injury law firm in the greater Los Angeles area, it is important for the firm’s attorneys to have a solid track record in personal injury claims. Marvin S. Lanter has over 20 years of experience in holding bus drivers, local transit authorities, and insurance companies liable for legal damages resulting from bus and other motor vehicle accidents.

Timing is crucial in filing your bus accident claim. Call us now on 310-276-1142 for a free initial consultation to discuss compensation for your injury.

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