At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, sixteen people were injured in a bus crash near Yosemite National Park in which speed was a factor. While leaving the park on California State Route 41, the charter tour bus swerved from the road, traveling up a dirt embankment before veering across both lanes of traffic and hitting a tree. Fifteen passengers and a tour guide suffered trauma ranging from minor to moderate in the accident. According to investigators with the California Highway Patrol, the bus was traveling at an unsafe speed at the time of the accident. Authorities are investigating the crash; however, they do not suspect that intoxication was a factor. An inspection of the bus is scheduled in order to determine whether or not mechanical failure contributed to the accident.
“When passengers are injured in a bus crash, they may file personal injury claims against the negligent party,” explained California attorney James Ballidis, “whether that is the driver, the bus company, or both.”
Accident statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate that 24,000 people were injured in bus crashes that occurred in the United States in 2008. Such accidents claimed 311 lives that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the sixteen people who were injured in the bus crash near Yosemite.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this bus accident.
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