This past Thursday, a tour bus accident near Irwindale, California left 52 people injured (out of a total of 55 passengers). The accident occurred on the 210E freeway, just west of the Irwindale Boulevard exit. After crashing through a chain-link fence, the bus overturned on the right shoulder of the roadway. The rollover bus accident stopped traffic for miles. Officers are still investigating the cause.
Witnesses say that the bus driver attempted a lane change shortly before the accident occurred and allegedly hit another vehicle before it veered off the road and rammed through the fence. Authorities have confirmed that the bus driver was properly licensed, but the charter company – Da Zhen – has been cited for various safety violations since February 2013.
The number of unsafe, improperly regulated buses on our nation’s roadways is unsettling. Despite many years of lobbying for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve regulations on roof strength, seating compartments, emergency exits, and window glazing, very few safety measures have actually been implemented. Many bus companies have been cited for safety violations, and yet their vehicles are still allowed out on the road carrying dozens of passengers.
If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a San Diego bus accident, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group today or call (855) 365-9955 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced San Diego bus accident lawyers. We represent injured victims in Oceanside, Escondido, San Marcos, and throughout California.