The first lawsuit has been filed in California as a result of a fiery crash involving a Fed Ex truck and a tour bus earlier this month, and there will likely be more coming.
The tour bus was carrying high school students and their chaperones to a weekend tour of Humboldt State University, when it was hit by a Fed Ex truck that was towing two 28-foot long trailers and caught fire. 9 people were killed at the scene, including both of the drivers, and a tenth victim died later in a California hospital.
The NTSB has released its preliminary report, which states the Fed Ex truck was not on fire at the time of the accident, as some witnesses had claimed at the time of the accident. The report, however, does not include any information on what could have caused the accident and states only that "the information in this report is preliminary and will be supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation."
This means that the victims and their families are left waiting, wondering how this could have happened while the investigation continues. The problem with that is this; the more time that passes, important evidence can be lost. Just one recent example of this is a case where my partner, Vuk Vujasinovic went to Pennsylvania to investigate the scene of a Greyhound bus crash that catastrophically injured a client of ours. While Vuk was still on the scene, a road maintenance crew came and repaired the damage to the highway, eliminating all of that physical evidence. Fortunately, Vuk and our engineer were able to preserve the evidence before it was destroyed.
We know what measures trucking companies can, and will take when they are involved in accidents. They won’t wait for the government reports to come out. They will conduct their investigation immediately. The company lawyers and insurance adjusters are coming up with strategies to make this “go away” as quickly as possible.
If you have been involved in an accident like this one, you absolutely need to contact an attorney that has experience winning cases like yours. One of the lawyers we recommend is Ross Jurewitz, the founder and managing partner of the Jurewitz law firm in San Diego, California. Ross and his highly skilled legal team have handled, and won hundreds of truck and car accident cases all across California.
If you have questions about this incident, or would like to speak to one of our experienced attorneys, please visit our website, www.VBAttorneys.com, or call us toll free, 877.724.7800.
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