California personal injury lawyers note calls by federal safety officials to enhance bus safety rules after the April 2014 charter bus wreck in California that killed 10 people and left many injured. In the wake of the tragedy federal transportation officials are reviving their calls for buses to be as safe as planes and trains as they release their report on the accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated bus accident attorney.
Fiery Crash Leaves Community In Shock
According to ABC News, the deadly crash occurred when a commercial tractor-trailer collided with the bus as it was taking students on a college tour. While the cause of the crash is unknown, the devastating ramifications have a community reeling in the wake of the tragedy.
The resulting fire left many students badly burned, while the lack of available emergency exits prevented students from escaping the vehicle. As a result, lawmakers are calling for enhanced safety measures on all buses in the event a crash does occur.
Enhanced Safety Measures Could Save Lives
These safety measures would entail using fire-resistant materials inside the bus to prevent grave injury from occurring in case a fire should break out. Many officials are also demanding additional emergency exits be included into bus design, which would afford passengers more escape options in emergency situations.
Passenger safety briefings are also highly recommended by safety officials, as these would provide passengers with important information on what to do in the event of a crash. Such briefings would be similar to those provided to passengers during air travel.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
No matter the kinds of vehicles that are involved, those who are injured in an accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from an injury, including:
- The extent of an injury
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a bus accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Loss of relationship or a loved one’s financial support
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed in a bus accident, contact Attorney Group for California for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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