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Eight Killed, Dozens More Injured in Bus Crash

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What Happened:

What started out as a fun day of skiing in the mountains of California turned into a nightmare when a charter bus carrying dozens of people crashed. According to news reports, the bus was speeding down State Route 38 in California when it crashed into a car, rolled over, and hit a truck. Eight are confirmed dead, and investigators had said there may be more as the search through the wreckage continued. At least 36 others were injured, some critically. The driver of the bus said the accident was caused by faulty brakes, something that will definitely be considered in the review of the crash.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Because of the recent increase in bus accidents, especially those involving the so-called curbside buses that travel on the I-95 corridor through Virginia, the charter bus industry has been under scrutiny by the federal government, and rightfully so. A review of the inspection records for the bus that just crashed in California found that it had failed numerous inspections over the last couple years. Some of the failures were due to brake issues, which may have been the cause of this horrible bus wreck that cost eight people their lives. If this is the case, the bus company may be held at least partially liable and the victims or their families may be able to receive compensation from the company through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

Potentially Helpful Info:

Accidents involving mass transit such as buses, trains, and planes, can become very confusing very quickly. If you have been injured in this type of accident, this article from one of our Virginia bus accident attorneys may be helpful.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs:

Our Virginia attorneys also provide answers to questions frequently asked about mass transit accidents.

 

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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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