Bus Accident Caused by Bad Brakes by Texas Bus Accident Lawyers Hill Law Firm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun an investigation into a motorcoach accident in a remote area about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, that took the lives of at least 8 people. Based on preliminary indications, it appears that driver error and/or mechanical failure may be to blame for the accident. .
The tour bus was carrying families from Tijuana, Mexico on a trip that had been organized by InterBus Tours, when it crashed at about 6:30 p.m. At least three dozen passengers were injured, with at least 17 hospitalized, including at least five determined to be in critical condition. According to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office, while investigators tried to recover personal property in order to help identify victims, crews worked through the night to recover the dead.
While it could take as much as 18 months to conduct the investigation of the accident and determine whether mechanical failure or driver error was to blame, there are already signs that there may have been problems with the bus. The bus driver, who was injured in the crash, but survived, has indicated to investigators that the bus had brake problems. The California Highway Patrol, for its part, has indicated that speed was probably a factor in the accident.
Poor maintenance and driver error are common causes of bus and trucking accidents. Reports show that this bus company had been cited for brake violations previously yet retained a “satisfactory” rating by the government. When companies put profits over safety, tragic accidents like this can occur. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bus accident, call the Texas Bus Accident Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today for a free consultation.