Many people choose to travel by bus, believing that the bus, bus driver, and owner will ensure a safe and convenient means of transportation. Most of the time, bus trips are safe and the passengers on board arrive at their destinations without incident. Unfortunately not everyone is as lucky, though, with some bus passengers becoming the victims of bus accidents every year.
When a passenger on board a bus is injured in an accident, that passenger may be entitled to financial relief for his or her damages. A victim can seek to recover through the use of a civil claim for damages including things like medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and permanency of injuries. If you have been involved in an accident, speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal rights and options following a crash.
A tragic accident in California occurred today and left at least 10 people dead. At this time, local authorities have confirmed that a collision between a charter tour bus and a truck on Interstate 5. It appears that a driver of a FedEx truck crossed a barrier and continued traveling until it sideswiped a car and then collided with the bus in a head-on collision.
The bus was transporting Los Angels and San Francisco high school students to Humboldt State for a college tour. The program targets first generation and low income prospective college students to Humboldt State to introduce the students to the campus. Five of those students were killed in the crash in addition to the driver of the bus, the driver of the truck, and three chaperones. In addition to those victims that lost their lives, many others sustained serious injuries. In all, at least thirty-four people were transported to hospitals in the area by either land or air ambulance.
The force of the crash caused massive devastation to the three vehicles involved, leaving pieces of the vehicles littering the highway. Police are still sorting through the facts of the crash and interviewing witnesses to the incident.
Nothing can truly compensate a family that has lost a member but relief may be available to help cover the financial damage caused by an accident. The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have experience helping the victims of bus accidents as well as their families seek proper and adequate relief.
If you have been hurt in an accident or if your loved one has been killed, call us today toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. We offer a free case consultation to all injury victims and we provide it without any obligation on the part of the victim. Everything discussed will remain confidential and at Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery on their behalf. If you have been injured, call us today and let us help you towards the path of recovery.
Prior Blog Entry:
Hit-And-Run Driver Strikes 3 Bicyclists in Maricopa County, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published April 7, 2014.
Students among 10 killed after truck slams bus in California, by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, published April 11, 2014.