Another fatal bus accident has happened in California, highlighting yet again the hazards of bus collisions when travelling on the highway. This time, a bus carrying 32 passengers crashed after steel pipes fell off a tractor-trailer on the highway. According to the California Department of Transportation, the truck jackknifed and spilled the steep pipes on both sides of the highway.
The California DOT said that the bus either swerved or hit the steel pipes and overturned, rolling down an embankment. The accident killed four passengers on the bus and injured several other passengers. Neither the bus driver nor the truck driver was hurt in the accident.
This tragic accident shows just how dangerous bus accidents can be, especially when the bus is travelling at higher speeds. Officials are still investigating the accident, but families of the victims killed in the crash probably want to know why the accident even happened and how it could have prevented.
Listed below are a few questions officials and victims' families should be asking:
- Did the truck driver or company improperly load the steel pipes?
- Did negligence or reckless actions cause the truck to jackknife?
- Could the bus driver avoid overturning and sliding down the embankment?
- Was the bus driver unsafe behind the wheel or unfit to operate the bus?
These are all questions that should be answered and could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit being filed against the truck driver, truck company, bus driver and bus company for their roles in the fatal accident.
While it may take a while to investigate the accident and determine what caused the crash, victims' families may want to look into their legal options sooner rather than later because evidence of the crash should be collected and there is a strict statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit after fatal accidents in California.
Source: CBS News, "Deadly bus crash near California-Arizona border," May 21, 2014