A busload of people heading out for a day of fun and games ended the day with pain and suffering instead.
Fifty-two people were injured when a casino-bound tour bus overturned following a two-vehicle accident on the 210 freeway the other morning. Most were transported to local hospital with injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones; however, seven between the ages of 60 and 80 were rushed to hospitals by helicopter with moderate to serious injuries.
A preliminary report indicated that the 55-year old bus driver was at fault for making an unsafe lane change, which resulted in him hit a vehicle driven by a 21-year old woman.
According to a California Highway Patrol officer, "The bus veered all the way to the right, off the roadway, and overturned." It came to a complete stop on its side beside traffic lanes - several passengers were trapped inside.
The accident is under investigation to determine what caused the accident. Bus accidents can lead to severe or fatal injuries, either when another vehicle is involved, or to the passengers on the bus. Since there are no regulations that require seatbelts, an overturned bus is often the scene of multiple injuries.
I hope the injured passengers have a quick and complete recovery.
In these circumstances the need for immediate investigation with preservation of all evidence is essential. Our San Bernardino personal injury attorneys provide a free initial consultation and have handled thousands of bus accidents as well as other injury and wrongful death claims.
If you or someone you know suffered injuries due to a bus, truck, car, motorcycle or pedestrian accident, premises liability or the fault of another, please let us know as soon as possible so we may assist your family and you with proper investigation, preservation of evidence, medical care and financial recovery.