Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 16, 2013
Eight people died, and dozens more have sustained serious injuries, after a tour bus lost control and collided with a pickup truck last weekend, as reported by CBS. Police and highway authorities have been investigating the crash since it happened, and are now examining the likelihood of faulty brakes being a contributing factor.
"We are going to look very closely at the brakes as we will every other mechanical system on the bus," National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss told the Associated Press. The investigation may take several months to complete, but the NTSB and the California Highway Patrol are currently assessing all evidence in order to make a reasoned determination about the causes of the accident, and how similar tragedies might be avoided in the future.
According to CBS, authorities took an interest in the brakes after the driver revealed that the brakes on his vehicle failed during a steep descent along Highway 38. Federal records further pointed to a history of brake-maintenance problems associated with that particular bus model. While fatigue, driver error and unsafe road conditions have been outlined as possible factors in the devastating crash, the investigators appear to be focusing the bulk of their effort on the brake issue.
Jeff Nadrich, an auto accident attorney based in Los Angeles, has been monitoring the situation closely, and providing updates on his blog. According to Nadrich, “It is very important that investigators uncover the causes behind this terrible accident, for numerous reasons. Most importantly, we want to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future, and in addition, the results of this investigation will help legal authorities to determine who is liable for the insurmountable damages.”
Nadrich encourages all auto accident victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if no physical pain immediately presents itself. He also encourages victims to contact a qualified auto accident attorney.
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.