At least eight people were killed and close to 40 were injured in a recent accident involving a tour bus. The bus hit a car, flipped over and slammed into a pickup truck, according to the Huffington Post.
It all happened just before 7:00 a.m. near Los Angeles. The tour bus left State Route 38 covered with debris and lane blockage. Emergency responders scurried to free the remaining passengers from the bus. It was returning from Tujuana, reports Mario Lopez, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand that officials are reporting that there may have been brake problems on the tour bus involved in this accident. Reportedly, the bus could not safely stop as it made its way down the mountain. It slammed into the back of an SUV, flipped over and slammed into the back of a pickup truck that was carrying a trailer. There is no excuse for mechanical problems when we put our trust into busing companies. We need to know that the companies we choose to travel with are safe and responsible. And that's where we need to do our homework.
Bus occupants were transported to several hospitals throughout the area. Their injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center reportedly treated six people. Others were sent elsewhere depending on their injuries and the severity. At the scene, officers counted 8 dead, but say there may have been more.
Unfortunately, accidents like this are not uncommon. Busing companies don't seem to have your safety as the number one concern. It's important that you do your research before choosing a busing company for you and your family. Remember that the cheapest tickets might not always be your safest bet. You can't put a price tag on safety!
You want to make sure that the company has permission to be operating by the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are a number of companies that operate without this approval. Don't choose these companies as they oftentimes take safety shortcuts.
Make sure you're looking at the company's safety rating. You can check the records on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) website.
Talk with your friends, family members and coworkers. Word of mouth is an excellent tool to take advantage of. Who have your friends used? How was their experience with these companies? Talking with your friends is an excellent supplement to the safety ratings posted online -- an excellent way to get the real deal.
Choosing a safe and reliable busing company should never be a decision that's rushed. Make sure you're doing all of your research and you're choosing a company that's safe and that you can afford.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, contact Los Angeles personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today. Call (800) 872-5925 for a free and confidential consultation.
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