“I was asleep and next thing you know I was jumping out for my life,“ said a survivor of the horrific bus crash on Thursday, April 10. The bus was part of a caravan carrying low income and first generation prospective college students from across California to Humboldt State University. The trip was intended to introduce the students to higher education. The university-sponsored program offers free counseling to the students, houses them in residence halls and shows them the value of higher education. Unfortunately, one of the buses never made it to Humboldt State University.
A FedEx box truck barreled across a median and collided with one of the charter buses. Both drivers, five students and three chaperones died in the collision. Flames soon engulfed both vehicles, filling them with dangerous black smoke. One eyewitness said, “I went outside, and everything was in flames…[t]here were a couple of explosions after that.” Emergency crews arrived and escorted 34 people to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The severity of the accident justified the involvement of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB team is currently investigating the cause of the accident to determine whether there are national policy implications. “One, we’re going to be investigating the human, the machine and the environment, and what’s critical for us especially in highway accidents is for us to collect perishable information,” said a NTSB investigator. “The most important thing we can do is issue recommendations so that these kinds of accidents don’t happen again.”
Though not as large as semi-trailers, box trucks like the implicated FedEx one can be just as dangerous. Box trucks are heavy, difficult to maneuver and can build up considerable momentum, rendering them difficult to stop in an emergency situation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident involving a large box truck, we can help.
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Frederick M. Dudek works hand-in-hand with accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals to determine the true cause of the accident and deliver justice where it is due. After an accident, insurance companies will be knocking down your door for your signature on a settlement. However, it is unwise to agree to any sort of settlement without first consulting an experienced attorney. Give us a call, we will listen to your story and offer sound legal advice.
[Did You Know: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lateral impacts cause the most deadly bus crashes.]
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