The track record of the company that owns the bus involved in the deadly crash which claimed at least 7 lives is now being called into question, according to Fox News in San Diego. The accident occurred when a bus descending down a mountain flipped over and struck two other vehicles as it was returning to Tijuana from a one-day ski trip at Big Bear Mountain, approximately 80 miles east of Los Angeles.
Interbus, based out of Tijuana, organized the day trip and contracted the bus service—including its driver—from Scapadas Magicas, a small bus company based in National City, California. Scapadas received a “satisfactory” rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) but has been cited for 30 safety violations. Several of the violations related to brake issues—the bus driver complained of faulty brakes following the accident. There have been no recorded crashes in the last two years under Scapadas, but it scored worse than 75 percent of other U.S. bus companies in terms of vehicle maintenance, according to the FMCSA.
These records are troubling, and Scapadas may be held accountable if it is determined it failed to properly maintain its buses. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident.
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