Dallas, Tx, 09/19/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report on findings from a bus-truck accident that resulted in the deaths of 10 people last year. The crash between the FedEx truck and the Silverado Stages motor coach, which occurred on April 10, 2014, gained widespread attention after the impact of the collision caused both the FedEx truck and the bus to catch fire.
The bus at the time was reportedly transporting 44 high school students to take part in a university tour. Both drivers were killed in the collision along with five students and three of the adults who chaperoned the field trip. An investigation by the California Highway Patrol initially said the truck driver was at fault; however, investigators said earlier this year that the body of the driver had been burned too severely to determine whether the driver had fallen asleep or suffered from a medical condition that was undiagnosed.
The most recent results of the NTSB probe do not reveal specifically what caused the crash, but federal investigators are now saying that the victims may have had a better chance for survival if conditions on the bus were safer.
Source: KCRA Report “NTSB: Better safety standards might prevent bus deaths”
“SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —National transportation officials have issued a scathing report about safety standards on buses after the crash of a bus and a FedEx truck killed 10 people in Orland last year.”
According to another news source, a major issue found by the agency was that the students were not provided safety instructions for how to react in emergency situations as required by policies outlined by the bus company.
Source: AP Report “Feds to share results of probe of fatal FedEx semi-bus crash”
“Documents released by the NTSB revealed students didn’t receive safety instructions required by the bus company’s policies. More than half of the 29 students interviewed did not know which windows were designated as emergency exits, and some shattered other panels to escape…The bus was equipped with seatbelts, but not all students were wearing them.”
According to Texas based truck accident attorney Amy Witherite, co-founder of the Eberstein Witherite law firm, the final results of the probe could reveal several factors that could make both the bus company and the truck company liable for the injuries and fatalities that resulted from the crash. Says Witherite, who does not currently represent any of the victims “the preliminary results of two major investigations appear to show evidence that there was likely inappropriate actions taken that could lead to the final outcome showing that both companies were responsible in some way.”
Witherite says that cases like these often prove challenging at the investigation stages, particularly in circumstances where major companies like FedEx or Silverado Stages Inc. face legal action from victims or their families. Both companies are now facing lawsuits in connection with the crash.
Says the Texas personal injury attorney of such legal claims “there will be many factors to assess in these cases, but the outcome of the investigations being carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board, California Highway Patrol, and other major credible agencies will provide much of the evidence jurors or courts will likely rely upon in determining what compensation is appropriate for victims who have brought forth legal claims.”
Eberstein Witherite LLP
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