Irvine, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2013
Irvine, California personal injury lawyer Dan Carlton said the next several weeks may be a difficult time for victims of a recent crash involving a tour bus headed to a casino in Southern California.
The bus accident, which occurred near Temecula, resulted in injuries to 10 people, according to an NBC 4 report (Tour Bus Crashes on Way to Southern California Casino, Sept. 2).
According to NBC 4, the driver told California Highway Patrol officers that he noticed a brake problem before the bus crashed into a ditch. The accident is under investigation, according to the report.
Injuries from bus accidents should not be taken lightly, said Carlton, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. Its critical for victims to seek medical attention immediately and continue to follow up with their doctors. What might seem like a minor injury might get worse with time.
Carlton said bus accident victims and their families have legal rights.
While this particular incident is under investigation, in general a bus company has a duty of care to its passengers, Carlton said. This means they must check to make sure brakes, tires, lights and all equipment is functioning properly. And they also must keep records of bus maintenance. If an accident occurs, a company might be held legally responsible for the victims injuries if a mechanical problem is found to be a contributing factor.
NBC 4 reported that the bus was carrying 19 people on Sunday night when it crashed on its way to Pauma Casino, about 50 miles north of San Diego. The bus, unable to stop while entering a curve, slammed into a guard rail and then hit trees and a boulder on the right side of the road, according to NBC 4. Police said they are planning a full investigation to determine if the bus crash was due to mechanical error or driver error, NBC 4 reported.
NBC 4 reported that details of the injuries were not immediately available, but police said people had various complaints of pain.
Carlton said victims injured in bus accidents may be entitled to compensation for their losses. A personal injury lawyer can help them pursue monetary support and closure, Carlton said. The attorney for a bus accident victim also can help send a message that negligence by bus companies will not be tolerated. Companies need to be held accountable when they fail in their duty of care to passengers.
About the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton
With an office in Irvine, California, personal injury attorney Daniel C. Carlton has a well-deserved reputation throughout Orange County for being a top-notch lawyer who delivers results. His areas of practice include bus, auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, uninsured motorist accidents, premises accidents, serious injuries, wrongful death, real estate law and business litigation. Attorney Carlton has more than 35 years of experience as a lawyer and has earned the highest rating given to lawyers by the renowned Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system.
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