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Safety Rules Revisited after Fatal Northern California Bus Crash

Safety Rules Revisited after Fatal Northern California Bus Crash

Earlier this month, a fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California resulted in 10 deaths. According to a KCRA news report, the fatal truck and bus collision occurred along Interstate 5 in Orland 100 miles north of Sacramento. The bus was carrying 44 Southern California students who were on their way for a free tour of Humboldt State University.

Officials say the FedEx truck driver veered across the median, sideswiped a sedan, and struck the bus without slowing down. Both drivers were killed as well as three adult chaperones and five students. Dozens of injured students who survived the crash escaped as the vehicles burst into flames by climbing out the windows.

This tragic bus accident has spurred an investigation into how to make bus travel safer. There are many guidelines and regulations that are not currently enforced nationwide that could make a difference in these types of situations. For example, there are no federal laws requiring buses to have seatbelts. There are also very few rules and regulations regarding emergency exits and fire-safety rules. Federal officials are also calling for new materials and altered bus design, which can help to significantly reduce the number of bus fires.

Many bus companies have taken the initiative of installing seatbelts and emergency exits even though federal law does not require them. However, there is more that needs to be done to prevent fatal bus crashes. It is unclear what types of changes will result from this Northern California bus accident, but an investigation is underway. It could take between three and six months, but we should eventually have answers into how this accident occurred and how it could have been prevented.

The loved ones of a fatal California bus accident victim would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights, and ensure that they are fairly and fully compensated for all their losses. Bus accident investigations can be lengthy and complex. Injured victims need a skilled advocate in their corner who will look out for their best interests.