There are multiple different transportation options in California. While some people may choose to drive themselves, those traveling in large groups or going to a tourist destination may opt for a chartered bus. Regardless of the chosen method of transportation, if it involves the roadways, car accidents are a potential risk. For example, 29 people were sent to the hospital following an accident involving a chartered bus.
Reports indicate that the incident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on a day in early December. Police say that the bus struck the center median while traveling south on a California highway. Afterward, it is said to have crashed on the right side of the road.
Of the 29 people injured, four suffered serious injuries while nine others were moderately injured. The remaining 16 had minor injuries. Police do not believe that the bus driver was impaired at the time of the accident. Mechanical experts were at the scene to help determine the cause.
What was likely meant to be a fun evening for the passengers on the bus quickly turned into a nightmare. Some may face a lengthy recovery period as a result of the injuries suffered in the accident. In addition to medical costs, victims may also experience lost wages if they are forced to miss work while they recover. Victims of truck, bus or car accidents in California often to choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible. In the case of a commercial vehicle, those responsible could include the driver as well as the company that employs the driver and is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is properly maintained.
Source: ABC News, "Chartered bus overturns on freeway, injuring 29", David Caplan, Dec. 9, 2017