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Temecula Tour Bus Accident Injuries 10 People

Monday, September 02, 2013

Passengers and bus safety advocates have been deeply concerned at the rising number of bus accidents being reported in California. A recent tour bus accident is only likely to aggravate those concerns further. Ten people were injured in a tour bus accident in Temecula recently.

The bus in this case was traveling from Los Angeles to an Indian casino in northern San Diego County. According to news reports, the 10 people who were injured include nine passengers and the driver of the bus. Fortunately, the injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.

It appears that the bus careened off the road, and hit some trees and boulders during the late hours of the evening. There were 18 passengers on board the bus. The bus was headed to the casino, which is located approximately 25,000 miles south-east of Temecula.

Brake failure is believed to have been a factor in the crash. The driver apparently reported a brake failure on the bus, and was unable to control the bus as it entered a curve. As a result, the bus crashed into a guard rail, traveling a little further before finally crashing into trees and boulders.

Drug and alcohol tests have been conducted, but it does not appear that these two were factors in this particular investigation.

This accident comes as even more of a shock because it comes on the heels of another accident involving a tour bus headed to a casino in Southern California. In that accident, which occurred on August 23, more than 50 people were injured, when the bus, which was headed to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, flipped over on Interstate 210.

Metro Bus Driver Killed in Fatal Truck Accident

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Metro bus driver was killed recently in a bus accident involving a tow truck in Los Angeles. According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the bus operator, a 35-year-old woman was killed in the accident that occurred when a bus crashed into a speeding tow truck.

Investigations into the accident have begun, but according to the Los Angeles Police Department, it seems that the tow truck was speeding at the time of the accident. The accident occurred just after five in the morning, when the tow truck which was being operated at excessive speeds ran a red light and then crashed head-on into the bus. The impact was tremendous, and the tow truck was sent careening into a store nearby, leading to injuries to an employee of the store. The employee was not seriously injured, and was treated at the scene. However, the store was completely destroyed.

Both the tow truck as well as the bus sustained severe damage in the accident, and the drivers of both of the vehicles had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life. The tow truck driver was also injured in the accident.

Running red lights or red light violations are a serious problem in California, and contribute to devastating accidents. Typically, when a vehicle runs a red light, it results in broad siding or T-bone accidents, which are side-impact accidents. In these accidents, the motorist that is running the red light is often driving at high speeds, or is driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Therefore, these accidents are often high-impact collisions that end with multiple and catastrophic injuries.

Tour Bus Crashes and Complex Legal Issues

Monday, February 04, 2013

Fox News San Diego reports that a tour bus collided with a car and a passenger truck outside of San Bernardino on Sunday night. The crash occurred on Highway 38 connecting the urban area of the county with the mountain town of Big Bear Lake. Eight people are confirmed dead and at least 38 others were injured in the Sunday night crash. The bus is owned by a company based in National City--Scapadas Magicas--and operated by a Tijuana company called Interbus Tours.

While this catastrophe will have a devastating impact on friends and family members of victims directly involved, the tragedy also is a reminder of the complexity typical of tour bus crashes. Such buses are often owned by one company, operated by another and, perhaps, maintained by another. Responsible parties may be the operator, the vehicle owner, the bus driver, vehicle manufacturer or other entity.   

Obviously this most recent case has many details that must still be gathered to determine the cause, but as these details are gathered, legal action will almost certainly be taken to determine liability. The fact that the tour company was based in Mexico may also add to the intricacies of this particular case.

Tour bush crashes are quite rare given the number of such tours operating on any given day. However, the California crash comes on the heels of several other recent high profile bus crashes. 42 high school students and their chaperons on a bus crashed into an overpass in Boston. Dozens of people were injured. In December of last year, 9 passengers were killed and 39 injured in a tour bus crash in Oregon.

There are countless tour companies and bus operators who take passengers on national and international bus tours. Most operate at the highest standards. But as information emerges about the recent spate of crashes, the evidence may prove that too many bus operators are prioritizing profit over safety and the government may not be regulating the industry strictly enough.    

Metro Bus, Dump Truck and BWW Crash on Hollywood Blvd

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A freak accident involving a Metro bus, a runaway dump truck and a BMW injured at least 17 people on Tuesday Morning, Oct. 23, 2012, at about 8 a.m., in Hollywood. The bus was carrying 25 passengers.

The driver of the BMW was taking her 10 year old daughter to school when the chain reaction crash occurred – apparently out of the blue. The event started when a runaway, unmanned dump truck went out of control, wildly rolling down a hill, striking a bus heading west on the 7600 block of Hollywood Blvd.

The bus driver apparently tried to avoid the dump truck and swerved into eastbound traffic. That’s when the bus crashed into the BMW sedan. The force of the crash pushed the sedan back some distance. The collision between the BMW and the bus created an extremely dangerous situation for everyone, especially the driver of the car. She was trapped in the car for at least twenty minutes before being freed by firefighters.

The driver of the BMW was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Her injuries included a broken left leg. Fortunately, her daughter was able to free herself from the vehicle and sustained only minor injuries.

Also injured was the bus driver, who was listed in fair condition. Many bus passengers were taken to the hospital for examinations and treatment of minor bruises. Some passengers sustained cuts from exiting through the shattered emergency windows.

Major accident in Hollywood involves several cars and a bus

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

There was a major accident on Hollywood Blvd near Highland Blvd.  A dump truck rolled down a hill after the brakes failed.  There was no driver in the truck which rolled out of control into traffic.  When the vehicle reached an intersection in broadsided a city bus sending it into oncoming traffic where it slammed head on into a BMW coming from the opposite direction.  There were several people injured in the crash but luckily no one was killed.

Accidents Raise Concerns about Commercial Bus Inspections

Thursday, April 05, 2012

According to an investigation by the Associated Press, many of the bus accidents that have occurred recently in California and other states can be traced to a lack of oversight over the companies that perform inspections of these fleets.

According to regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, all commercial vehicles like trucks and buses must be inspected regularly. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives these companies a number of choices for them to get their inspections conducted. Inspections can be conducted by state safety agencies, or even private garages. Many companies get their inspections conducted by private companies that inspect these vehicles for a fee.

In a situation like this, Los Angeles bus accident lawyers find that there's no regulation over the kind of companies that perform these inspections. More than 50% of states have no inspection requirements, and motor coach carriers have the discretion to make decisions about inspections themselves. There is also no requirement that private garages be subjected to oversight. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that its hands are tied. The agency does not have the resources to oversee private commercial vehicle inspection companies.

Investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board have found that inadequate inspections may have been one of the causes of a deadly Texas bus accident in 2009 that killed 17 people and injured dozens of others. The bus in that case had been inspected by a local bus inspection company, but the inspection had been incomplete. The inspection company gave a clean chit to the bus, even though the bus had defects. Barely a week after the inspection, the bus suffered a blown-out tire, and flipped over. Investigations later found that the bus company also had a long record of safety violations.

Pedestrian Killed & 19 Injured in Los Angeles School Bus Accident

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At least one person was killed and 19 were injured in an accident involving a school bus and a BMW in Los Angeles on Monday.  According to Los Angeles police, a black BMW ran a red light, and broadsided the school bus at an intersection in the Boyle Heights area.  The impact of the accident caused the bus to flip over onto its side.  A pedestrian, who was crossing the street, was struck and fatally injured. 

The school bus had about 43 students of the Roosevelt High School on board.  18 students on the bus were injured, and had to be taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the bus was initially reported to be critically injured, but has now been upgraded to “serious” condition.  The remaining students on the bus were not injured in the accident.

Two teenagers in the BMW got out of the car, and began to flee the scene on foot.  Fortunately, they were detained by witnesses at the scene until officers arrived.  According to the Los Angeles Times, there were three youths in all in the BMW.  Two of the teenagers have been arrested, and the third teenager who was injured in the accident, is being treated at a local hospital.  Authorities are considering the possibility of filing criminal homicide charges against the three teenagers.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which indicated that there had been a substantial decline in teen driver-related accidents and fatalities in these accidents between 2004 and 2008.  However, Los Angeles bus accident lawyers believe it is highly likely that this decline occurred in large part because of the dismal economic conditions during this period of time.  Teenage motorists continue to be a highly at-risk motorist group in the country, with a greater accident rate and risk than any other group.

Nine People Injured in Metro Bus-Truck Accident

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Nine people have been injured in an accident involving a Metro bus and a truck in downtown Los Angeles.  This accident comes just a few days after a Metro train was involved in an accident with another bus. 

There were about a dozen people on the bus when it collided with a truck.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Hill and Temple Street.  The impact of the accident caused the bus to strike a pole, and then a gate.  Nine people in all suffered injuries, and had to be taken to the hospital.  The driver of the truck also suffered injuries.  None of the injuries are reported to be life-threatening.

Police are investigating the accident.  According to them, both the bus and the truck driver reported seeing a green light.  Obviously, one of them was wrong.  It's very likely that one of the drivers involved here ran a red light.  There could be any number of reasons why this happened.  It's especially important for Los Angeles bus accident lawyers to discuss this considering that this is National Stop on Red week across the country.  Across the US, law enforcement agencies are marking the week with special awareness programs to educate motorists about the need to observe red light traffic rules at all times.  Red light violations may seem like minor offenses, but these can be linked to thousands of accidents and injuries every year.  The week is being marked from August 1 to August 7.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 880 people were killed in 2007 in accidents caused because a motorist ran a red light.  These accidents injure an estimated 165,000 people every year.  Many red light violation-related accidents can be traced to distracted driving.  If they motorist is not paying attention behind the wheel, it can cause him to miss a red light.  Even the most experienced driver can miss seeing the light, because he is otherwise distracted by his cell phone.

SUV Driver in Fresno Bus Accident Was Intoxicated

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New facts are emerging about the Fresno bus accident last week that killed six people, and injured nearly 2 dozen others.  According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the SUV that was struck was driving under the influence.  Initially, authorities believed that a passenger in the SUV, who was killed in the accident, had been driving the SUV.  However, they have now confirmed that the driver was an 18-year-old woman, who was returning from a dance party in Fresno with her friends. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver made a sudden left turn across the northbound lanes of Highway 99, and struck the center divider.  The SUV flipped over on its side.  Just a few seconds later, the bus, which was on its way from Los Angeles to Sacramento, struck the overturned SUV.  The bus then went down an embankment, and hit a tree.  Three people in the bus and three others in the SUV sustained fatal injuries. 

The bus was severely damaged, and several people have been critically injured.  The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that the SUV driver was driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legally-allowed limit of .08%.  It has been confirmed that the driver of the bus was not driving under the influence.

Bus accident claims in California typically name the driver of the bus, the bus company, charter companies and other entities that are involved in owning or operating the bus at the time of the accident.  However, there are other entities may also be named in a claim.  For instance, if there are other vehicles or motorists that are involved in the accident, a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer can name these people in your claim.  However, for these entities to be named, their actions should have directly contributed to the accident. 

Greyhound Bus Crashes Injuring 34 People and Killing 6.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Greyhound bus carrying 47 people crashed into an overturned SUV on Highway 99 in California.  The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Sacramento when the accident occurred.  6 people were killed and 34 others were injured.  For the full story visit Greyhound Bus Crash.


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