California Law Associates Personal Injury Lawyer Comments on Investigation of Deadly California Bus Accident

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Orange County accident lawyer Shehzad Ahmad, California Law Associates lead attorney, insists more needs to be done to improve bus safety after a fatal bus accident in California.

We see cases like this all the time at California Law Associates. Companies sometimes try to cut corners on safety to save a few dollars.

Orange County personal injury lawyer Shehzad Ahmad, of California Law Associates, said today a recent report about a fatal bus accident raises questions about the responsibility of the company that operated the bus involved in the accident.

Witnesses to a fatal California bus accident that killed eight people and injured dozens on Feb. 3 called emergency dispatchers to report they saw the bus driving more than 80 miles per hour past other vehicles before veering off a steep mountain road, raising questions about whether the brakes failed on the bus, according to an article published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 25.

Shortly before a charter bus crashed on Highway 38 near Yucaipa, California, several people in other vehicles called 911 to report seeing the bus not slow down before flipping over and crashing, according to the Times. As a result, authorities immediately believed the bus’ brakes had stopped working. The investigation remains on-going, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The company that operated the bus, Scapadas Magicas, was “repeatedly cited in recent years for vehicle maintenance violations, including multiple brake problems, according to federal Department of Transportation records,” reported the New York Times a day after the crash. Specifically, the New York Times reported that “safety inspectors took Scapadas Magicas buses out of service at a much higher rate than the national average, with 36 percent of inspections resulting in that action, compared with about 21 percent nationally.”

Ahmad, the Orange County bus accident lawyer, said news of such violations in light of the fatal bus underscores the need for improved safety measures for all bus companies. “More needs to be done to protect the safety of bus passengers in California,” Ahmad said. “If investigators determine that the brakes on the bus were not functioning correctly, state regulators need to take strong legal action against Scapadas Magicas.”

“We see cases like this all the time at California Law Associates,” Ahmad said. “Companies sometimes try to cut corners on safety to save a few dollars. And unfortunately in some cases, the results are serious accidents just like this one. That’s just wrong. That’s why we fight so hard for California bus accident victims.”

Several people have already filed lawsuits against Scapadas Magicas of National City, California and Tijuana, Mexico-based Interbus Tours and Charters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 22. Guillermina Morales and her daughter Pamela Morales filed the lawsuit against Interbus Tours and Charters since the company booked the Moraleses on the one-day excursion, according to the Long Beach, California-based Press-Telegram on Feb. 22.

Filing a lawsuit against a bus company after a serious or fatal accident is just one way to obtain financial compensation for injury victims or their families, according to Ahmad. “There are so many different options available to people injured in a serious motor vehicle accident in California,” Ahmad said. “The company that made the bus might have designed the bus wrong and installed defective parts. Or perhaps the tire manufacturer knew about safety problems with its tires but didn’t issue a recall in a timely manner. There are so many different scenarios. That’s why it’s critical California bus accident victims contact an attorney to discuss all their options.”

For more information about the rights of injured bus passengers or the options available to people injured in a bus accident, call (714) 542-3377 or visit

About California Law Associates

For nearly two decades, California Law Associates has employed experienced, knowledgeable lawyers with more than 50 years of combined personal injury law experience. They thoroughly understand the state’s complicated personal injury laws and handle a wide variety of cases, from auto accidents to workplace injuries. California Law Associates serves Orange County, Riverside County and communities throughout the Southern California area. Shehzad Ahmad, lead attorney, has been practicing personal injury law since 1995. He works closely with each client to design a strategy that suits his or her unique legal needs. Attorney Ahmad has a strong track record for obtaining large, sometimes multi-million-dollar settlements or verdicts.
California Law Associates main office is located at 2107 N. Broadway, Suite 201, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

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