Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer:
“The UT San Diego electronic edition on February 4, 2013 reported at least eight individuals were killed and nearly 40 others sustained minor to life threatening injuries as a result of a crash by a tour bus and two other vehicles as the bus was returning on a two lane highway from Big Bear Lake in the mountains of San Bernardino County in Southern California, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The bus driver claimed he was having brake problems as it came down the mountain, struck the rear end of an automobile and then flipped over and crashed into a truck that was pulling a trailer.
The reporter did not provide any further details as to the victims, drivers, and/or information in particular relating to the service history of the bus. It is likely there will be wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits filed by family members as well as those injured as a result of this horrific accident. An investigation may establish a legal basis to file claims against the governmental agency responsible for the roadway on the grounds it was unsafe, there were possibly inadequate warning signs posted and/or sufficient and proper brake check areas off the road for truckers to safely check the operation of their air brake systems and/or halt a truck or vehicle that might lose control or have brake problems.”