Could This California Trucking Company Be Liable for a Bus Accident?entry-title

A California-based trucking company and one of its drivers could be found responsible for a deadly bus crash that occurred on a New Mexico highway. The accident resulted in eight fatalities and 25 injuries, including three young children.

A Greyhound bus carrying 50 people was driving along Interstate 40 when a semi-trailer traveling in the opposite direction lost control and drove across a median, crashing into the bus. Many passing drivers stopped at the site of the accident to rescue bus passengers from the wreckage.

How Do Trucking Accidents Occur?

What caused this bus accident? The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating what factors could have led the truck driver to veer off the road and lose control. The investigators may look at certain factors such as:

  • Driver fatigue. Many truck drivers drive long hours and don’t give themselves enough time to rest before continuing their delivery route.
  • Improper training. All truck companies should provide quality driving and delivery training in order to decrease the chance of a negligent accident.
  • Outdated, or lack of, safety records. A trucking company’s safety records should show how many accidents their business has been involved in
  • Roadway conditions. Weather and poor road conditions can also contribute to a trucking accident.

Negligence complaints were quickly made against the truck driver and the California trucking company, JAG Transportation, Inc. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the trucking company reported three crashes in the last 24 months. Many concerns within the lawsuits involve improper vehicle maintenance and a required inspection of the truck’s tires.

While bus passengers are recovering at the local hospital, authorities say that Greyhound is willingly cooperating with law enforcement and they would like to investigate on their own.

If you have been involved in a truck or bus accident in California due to another driver’s negligence, you should speak with one of our attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson. Contact us today for your free consultation.

How to Be Safe While Riding Public Transportationentry-title

Millions of people ride public transportation every day, and it’s the number one source of transportation for many people in cities and large towns. Here are some general safety tips to know the next time you’re a public transportation passenger.

 

If You’re Riding on a Bus:

Be mindful when you’re waiting at a bus stop: Don’t wait for your bus stop late at night, especially if you know you’ll be waiting for a while. Try to wait at bus stops with a lot of people that are also waiting.

Ensure school bus safety for your child: Since many school buses don’t have seatbelts, let your child know what they should or shouldn’t do every morning, so they can stay safe. Tell your child to stay seated at all times, keep all their belongings close to them or on them, and make sure they practice good pedestrian behavior when getting on and off the bus.

Look for emergency exits: Every public transportation vehicle has a specified emergency exit door or window; acknowledge if you are sitting near one of these exits and accept your responsibility.

 

If You’re Riding on a Train:

Be aware of your surroundings: Busy trains, especially during peak rush hour times, can be packed with people. Keep your belongings close to you and be cognizant of any suspicious behavior close to you.

Get off at the next stop: If you feel that someone is following you or harassing you, don’t hesitate to get off the next train stop. Don’t feel that you’re stuck until your scheduled exit; get out of a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable and makes you fear for your safety.

If you have been injured by another person while riding public transportation, you should seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the lawyers at our Bay Area injury law firm to get the settlement you deserve.

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