At Least 50 People Injured in Los Angeles Charter Bus Accident

Friday, August 23, 2013

At least 50 people are believed to have been injured in a Los Angeles charter bus accident that involved a charter bus that flipped over on Interstate 210, near the interchange with the 605 Freeway in Irwindale.

The bus turned over, and then travelled several lanes before it finally came to a stop. At the time of the accident, the bus is believed to have been on its way to a casino. The bus had been chartered by Da Zhen Travel Agency, and is believed to have been a discount bus operation that was taking tourists to desert casinos. TheAssociated Press reports that these types of bus operations are fairly common on this route, and frequently transport tourists between the San Gabriel Valley and casinos in the Nevada desert. 

In this case, the bus was reported to be headed towards the San Manual Indian Bingo and Casino in San Bernardino.

The impact of the accident was so severe that the bus careened through a chain link fence, and went down an embankment before it finally came to a stop. This was an accident that could have resulted in much more serious injuries, and even fatalities. Fortunately, none of the injuries are believed to be critical, and most of the patients are expected to make a complete recovery. The injuries are being reported as minor to moderate in nature, and include cuts and bruises, fractures, and many blunt force trauma injuries.

At least 52 people on the bus suffered injuries, and most of the injured are reported to be elderly people. In fact, most of the tourists on the bus are believed to have been elderly people between the age of 60 and 80 years. There is no information about whether the passengers on the bus were wearing seat belts.



Brake Problems Suspected in California Bus Accident

Friday, February 15, 2013

Investigators at the scene of a devastating tour bus accident in San Bernardino County over the weekend are focusing on brake problems as a cause of the accident.

The tour bus rolled over on its way down from Big Bear, where the passengers had spent a weekend. Many of the passengers on the bus were from Mexico. At some point, the driver lost control of the bus, and the bus flipped over, ejecting many of the passengers.

At least 8 passengers are confirmed dead in the accident, and dozens have been injured, many of them critically. Los Angeles bus accident lawyers expect the fatality count in this accident to rise.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have already begun their probe. Other investigations have begun. According to a preliminary investigation, the driver has reported that there were problems with the brakes during the journey. That statement has also been confirmed by witnesses who say that they saw the bus speeding out of control.
The Los Angeles Times has also published an analysis of the records of the bus company which owns this particular bus. That analysis shows that the bus company Scapadas Magicas that operated the bus has been cited several times for safety violations.

There is also speculation that speeding was a factor in the accident. There's no doubt that this was a high-impact accident, judging from the wreckage of the bus. According to reports, the wreckage has been strewn for yards around, and the bus has been completely damaged. The front part of the bus is completely ruined, and part of the roof has been crushed.

Series of School Bus Accidents Raises Safety Concerns

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A number of recent school bus accidents across the country have California bus accident lawyers once again concerned about the fact that school bus safety standards continue to feature low on the priority list for federal agencies.

According to the National Coalition for School Bus Safety, which also recommends seatbelts on school buses, approximately 2,000,000 children ride school buses across the country. In March alone, there have been as many as 4 school bus accidents resulting in serious injuries reported from around the country. One accident in Pennsylvania injured at least 21 people, most of them students. The accident involved a tractor-trailer and a bus, and resulted in the truck driver’s death. There were 21 high school students in the bus, and several of the children on the bus were seriously injured.

Also in March, 11 children on a school bus suffered injuries when their bus rolled over, and crashed into a ditch in rural Missouri. The children in the bus included kindergarten students. That accident came just a few days after an accident, in which a bus in Indianapolis crashed into a bridge, killing a school bus driver and a 5-year-old student on the bus.

None of the buses in these accidents were equipped with seatbelts. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association recommends that school buses come with seatbelts in order to prevent ejections and other injury risks to child passengers. Even the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended seatbelts on all buses in order to reduce the risk of injuries to passengers.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration insists that children are safer on a school bus than in a passenger vehicle, and that there’s no need for seatbelts. School bus manufacturers have not surprisingly, downplayed the risks from a lack of seatbelts, calling them an unnecessary expense.

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