One person died and seven others were injured when a tour bus carrying a road crew for a country singer crashed. The bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County when the it suddenly veered off the road and then down a steep 80-foot embankment and landed in a dry river bed.
According to officials at the scene, two people were ejected and one of them died. Another person was trapped in the bus and had to be extricated by the fire department. The driver was severely injured and was airlifted to Fresno to a trauma center.
Police say that it is likely charges will be filed because at least one person died, but impaired driving wasn’t considered to be involved at this time.
Tour Bus Crashes
According to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, around 300 people die each year in tour bus crashes across the nation. When a tour bus crashes, there are typically numerous people who need immediate help. First responders have to make quick decisions to help those who need it the most first.
Each year, around 11,000 people are injured in tour bus crashes, and each day, there are around 750,000 buses on the road.
Tour Bus Crash Injuries
Tour buses are required to have a shoulder/lap seatbelt, but typically people don’t put them on, so when the bus crashes, people are thrown around inside the bus with some being ejected. EMT personnel and trauma centers see certain types of injuries from bus crashes because of the dynamics of a bus injury. Some of the most common of these are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Concussion
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Broken/Displaced Ribs
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Deep Laceration (esp. ejections)
Tour Bus Liability
In any accident, the person at fault will be required to pay compensation for those injured. Many times, it is the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash that is at fault, and in those cases, the driver’s insurance will pay for the damages.
However, when it’s the bus driver’s fault—such as in a single-vehicle accident—then the company that charters the bus will be on the hook for all injuries and damages. The FMCSA requires that each bus that is capable of carrying less than 15 people has to have $1,500,000 minimum insurance and those 15 and over must have a $5,000,000 policy.
Contact a LA Auto Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an tour bus accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.