Fatal Tour Bus Crash Near Los Angeles
While the majority of the country was tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday evening, something more devastating was occurring just east of Los Angeles. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 4th, a tour bus filled with a combination of thirty-eight adults and children crashed on a narrow mountain road in the Inland Empire, approximately 80 miles East of Los Angeles. The passengers were returning from a trip to the Big Bear area when the bus crashed, leaving eight victims dead and at least 15 hospitalized.
The bus driver, who was among the hospitalized victims with severe injuries, said that he was having trouble with the brakes. Although most bus accidents result from driver error, auto defects can also play a role. If the accident was caused by a mechanical failure, the tour bus company and manufacturer of the bus will be subject to investigations.
The bus company, Scapadas Magicas, has been cited 59 times in recent yeas for problems, including brake and tire issues. In fact, according to federal authorities, 75 percent of carriers in the same class have a better safety record. As a result of these findings, the U.S. Department of Transportation placed Scapadas Magicas on a watch list that prioritized its buses for intervention and roadside inspection.
If the National Transportation Safety Board’s inspection in fact discovers that these problems were the cause of this recent crash, the tour bus company and manufacturer will be at the center of personal injury lawsuits filed by the victims.
Contact an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our Inland Empire personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling bus accidents and getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their injuries or for the wrongful death of loved ones. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one our lawyers call (888) 848-5084. We also speak Spanish for your convenience.