On Thursday, December 19, 64-year-old Tayde Murguia, of Van Nuys, was killed and 19 people were injured, six of them seriously, in a tour bus crash in northwest San Diego County, reported the Los Angeles Times. The bus was traveling southbound on Interstate 15 en route to the Valley View Casino when it overturned near Bonsall. Seven or eight other cars were also involved in the crash on the rain-slicked freeway.
Around the same time, another tour bus crashed on Interstate 15 in south Corona while returning to Westminster from the Pala Casino. Emergency responders transported 22 of the 35 passengers to area hospitals.
Two deadly bus crashes earlier this year—one that claimed nine lives and injured 39 last December in Oregon and another that killed seven and injured dozens of others in San Bernardino last February—prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reevaluate its approach to investigating passenger carriers in order to effectively prevent crashes, reported CNN. Following an eight-month investigation into unsafe motor coach operations, the agency shut down 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles on Thursday, December 12. Hopefully, the sweep represents a future of stricter regulation over companies responsible for safely transporting families and large groups.
In California, when the negligence of a bus company or its driver causes a crash that seriously or fatally injures passengers, the victims or their families have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Tayde Murguia. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the two bus crashes.
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