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California Bus Accidents: Dozens Injured, Others Killed in Casino-bound Tour Bus Crashes

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Victims of California bus accidents may file a lawsuit for compensation for their losses — file photo

Fatal Bus Crashes, Injuries Common on Casino-bound Tour Buses in Southern California

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Two tour buses, heading to and from California casinos, crashed Thursday afternoon in separate accidents on the Interstate 15 freeway resulting in one death and more than 40 injuries while calling into question the overall safety for bus passengers.

“Passengers not only put their trust in bus drivers, but in the companies that own and maintain these vehicles,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Also, federal safety inspectors have repeatedly failed consumers by allowing poorly maintained vehicles to stay on the road.”

Casino operators and others contracting bus companies, may be held accountable for the safety of passengers heading to their venues as they have a business relationship with various tour bus companies. These destinations frequently offer bus passengers and tour bus companies incentives when passengers are brought to them.

Indeed, fatal and injury crashes involving casino tour buses and other tour buses have been making news this year.

Fatal Yacaipa Bus Accident

One of the most egregious incidents took place in San Bernardino County this past February. A tour bus heading down Highway 38 from Big Bear Lake killed eight people and injured 30 others after its brakes failed and the driver plowed into two cars in Yacaipa. A recent report, released November 7, 2013, revealed that none of the brakes on the bus were in working order. Yet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees inspection of tour buses, did not remove the vehicle from operation, the report said.

Additionally, Scapidas Magicas, the Tijuana-based tour bus company that owned the ill-fated bus, had a history of maintenance problems. The federal inspection agency knew this and permitted them and other US companies to continue operating and putting passengers and other motorists at risk.

Los Angeles Bus Accident

Passenger safety is also in the hands of various bus drivers who are often under pressure to meet deadlines. Just this past August, 52 passengers were injured on the 210 Freeway near Irwindale when the bus driver made an “unsafe lane change” and hit a passenger car before it overturned into a ditch. The bus was headed to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.

Temecula Bus Accident

In September, the driver of a casino-bound bus carrying 18 passengers told authorities his brakes failed just before he veered off the road in Temecula and crashed into some bushes and boulders injuring 10 people.  The passengers, who were headed to Casino Pauma in San Diego County, suffered minor injuries and treated a local hospital.

Corona Bus Accident

Yesterday, about 2:30 p.m., a tour bus operated by privately-held Sina International in Walnut, California, left the Pala Casino and crashed on the 15 Freeway in Corona injuring 24 passengers and the driver. Initial reports indicated the driver was traveling at 65 mph, too fast for wet roadways. He struck the center divider and the vehicle overturned.

Fatal Pala Mesa Bus Accident

A second bus crash yesterday, also about 2:30 p.m., on the Interstate 15 Freeway killed one woman who was partially ejected through a window and injured 21 other passengers in Pala Mesa. The bus was on route to the Valley View Casino & Hotel in San Diego County when it overturned near State Route 76 on the rain-soaked road.

“Bus drivers have a duty to their passengers to maintain a safe speed based on road conditions,” said Seegmiller, whose law firm specializes in bus litigation. “They have a moral duty to protect these people, but often they are pressured to be on time by supervisors and casino operators who are motivated in turn by their bottom line.”

The bus, which originated in Panorama City I the San Fernando Valley, was operated by Five Star Bus Charter Inc. in Bell whose business was suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board on Nov. 28, 2013.

Passengers Hurt in Bus Accident File Lawsuit

Passengers who are injured in a bus accident have grounds to file a lawsuit against those responsible for their injuries including the bus company.

Those injured in a bus accidents may experience a range of injuries from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, neck and back pain and brain and spinal cord injuries. Medical costs are significant and often those injured lose time off work causing serious financial hardship. The families of those passengers killed in a bus accident suffer a tremendous loss and may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one.

Here’s what you can do if you are hurt or have lost a loved one in a bus accident. To protect your legal rights it’s important to seek immediate medical attention and contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in bus accidents.

We have attorneys available to discuss your potential case at 1-855-275-9378. A legal consultation is free and our firm does not get paid unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you.

(Copyright ©2013 The Seegmiller Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

 

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Woman Killed, 21 Injured After Casino Tour Bus Overturns on 15 Freeway in Pala Mesa California

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Bus Overturns on Freeway Injuring 21 people on board — file phot

Passengers Heading to Valley View Casino are Injured; One is Dead

PALA MESA, California (Dec. 20, 2013) – A 64-year-old Glendale woman was killed and 21 people were injured Thursday afternoon in a bus accident on the Interstate-15 Freeway, according to CBS News Los Angeles.

According to the report, about 2:30 p.m. the tour bus headed to the Valley View Casino overturned on the I-15 Freeway near State Route 76 after it skidded on the slick roadway.

Paramedics responded to the crash and treated 14 people for minor injuries and transported at least six people listed with major injuries to three hospitals: Palomar Hospital, Fallbrook Hospital and Tri City Medical Center.

One person reportedly refused medical attention, but appeared to be injured.

According to the bus driver he had picked up passengers in Panorama City and was heading to the casino traveling at 55 mph when the bus skidded on the rain-soaked roadway and he lost control. The bus fell onto its side in the Nos. 3 and 4 lanes of the freeway.

Police are investigating the bus accident to determine exactly what led to the crash.

“The accident report is pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.  “Passengers who are injured may make a claim with the bus company directly, but they are more likely to be offered fair compensation for their losses if they are represented by a personal injury attorney.”

For more information about whether you have a case against a negligent bus driver contact The Seegmiller Law Firm today at 1-855-275-9378.

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CORONA: Tieu Khang, 91, of Midway Killed, 23 Injured in Tour Bus Accident on I-15 Freeway

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Bus Overturns on Freeway Injuring 24 people on board — file photo

Passenger Killed Heading Home from Pala Casino Spa & Resort After Bus Overturns on Freeway

CORONA, California (Dec. 20, 2013) — Two dozen people were injured Thursday afternoon and one woman later died when a tour bus they were riding in overturned in the center divider of the Interstate 15 freeway between Magnolia Avenue and the 91 Freeway, according to a report by CBS News.

About 2:30 p.m., CHP officials reported a tour bus operated by Sina International carrying 30 passengers was heading northbound on the I-15 Freeway after leaving the Pala Casino Spa & Resport. The roadway was wet and slick, but driver Jian Fei Duan, 35, of Baldwin Park maintained a speed of 65 mph as he drove passengers back to Westminster. He lost control of the bus and hit a guardrail before it tipped over onto its side in the Nos. 1 and 2 lanes.

Paramedics responded to the crash and treated victims with injuries described as ranging from minor to moderate with the most seriously hurt taken to area hospitals. Tieu Khang, 91, of Midway later died of her injuries at 10:03 p.m. the same day. The driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

CHP officers say they are investigating the crash along with the Inland Division Major Accident Investigation Team.  The investigation will include interviewing witnesses and going over evidence at the scene as well as looking into the mechanics of the bus.

“The accident report is pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.  “Passengers who are injured may make a claim with the bus company directly, but they are more likely to be offered fair compensation for their losses if they are represented by a personal injury attorney.”

For more information about whether you have a case against a negligent bus driver contact The Seegmiller Law Firm today at 1-855-275-9378.

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LOS ANGELES: Two Injured in School Bus Accident with Car on Corbin Avenue

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Victims are Identified Including Woman Injured in Fatal Crash — file photo

School Bus and Car Collide in Minor Crash on Corbin Avenue

LOS ANGELES, California (Dec. 19, 2013) – Two people including a student were injured Thursday morning in a collision between a small school bus and a passenger car in the 7000 block of Corbin Avenue, according to a report by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

About 7:48 a.m., a woman driving a car collided with the school bus carrying 11 students at the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Hart Street, the report said.

Paramedics responded to the bus accident to treat an adult attendant from the bus and one of the students with very minor injuries. Both were taken to the hospital for additional treatment.

“Fortunately no one was seriously injured in this bus accident,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.

People who suffer, what appears to be minor injuries, in a car crash may have ongoing stiffness and pain that needs to be treated in order to have a complete recovery, Seegmiller explains. Seek medical attention immediately after a car accident and consult an experienced attorney for help with an insurance claim.

Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-855-275-9378.

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OAKLAND: Bus, Two Cars Crash on Interstate 580 West and State Route 24.

Monday, December 9th, 2013

OAKLAND, California (Dec. 9, 2013)- Two drivers collided with a transit bus carrying 25 passengers Monday morning on the westbound Interstate 580 MacArthur Freeway and State Route 24 John B. William Freeway, according to a dispatch by the California Highway Patrol.

At approximately 6:26 a.m., CHP officers and paramedics responded to the bus accident and a report was taken.

The Oakland Fire Department arrived on scene and reported that the No. 1 lane was blocked as a result of the crash. Two tow-trucks were also present to clean up debris and remove the BMW and the Ford Focus from the scene.

It is unclear at the moment which parties were injured and the extent of their injuries.

“Police will investigate the collision to determine who was ultimately at fault. It is a possibility that more than one of the parties involved could be held liable. Any of the motorists whom sustained injuries as a result of the driver(s) who caused the accident may certainly file a claim,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.

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