Brake Problems May Have Led to Fatal Bus Crashes: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Explains Victims' Rights

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Two fatal bus crashes that occurred in two different continents may have been caused by brake failures, officials have said. According to July 28 news reports on CNN and CBS, at least 38 people were killed in southern Italy after a tour bus carrying Catholic pilgrims went over a bridge, while three persons died in an Indianapolis bus crash that was carrying a church group.

Investigations are ongoing in both cases and officials are looking into brake failure as a possible cause in the accidents

Two bus accidents in different continents, each a day apart, resulted in injuries and fatalities, news agencies reported. According to a news report on CNN, 38 people died when a bus that was transporting pilgrims from the Catholic shrine of Padre Pio went out of control and fell down a bridge, east of Naples, Italy, on July 28.

CBS News reports that in Indianapolis, three people died after a bus carrying a church group veered out of control near Interstate 465 and crashed. The bus driver told police that the brakes failed as he was leaving the highway, the report stated. Eleven other victims were hospitalized with back, head and neck injuries, CBS reports. Investigations are ongoing in both cases, and officials are looking into brake failure as a possible cause in the accidents, the news reports state.

Bus accident victims and their families have legal rights, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Bus companies, whether they are publicly or privately owned, have what is known as a 'duty of care' to their passengers. What this means is that they are responsible for safely transporting their passengers to their respective destinations."

In addition to ensuring that they hire safe drivers with clean records, bus companies have the responsibility to properly maintain their vehicles, Wilhelm said. " They must have the tires, brakes, lights and other equipment checked to ensure that everything is functioning properly – before the bus gets on the roadway. Bus companies are also required to keep detailed records of their vehicles' maintenance."

Injured victims of bus crashes are entitled to receive monetary support for their significant losses, Wilhelm said. "I can only imagine what these bus crash victims and their families are going through at this point. It is important that they contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help them protect their rights during this difficult and challenging time."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation,motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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