Six people were killed in a tour bus accident early morning on March 5, 2010 after the bus struck another passenger vehicle and rolled over on the Interstate 10 south of Phoenix. According to an Associated Press news report, at least 15 others were injured including two 11-year-olds and a 16-year-old. Two men and four women were killed. The bus was carrying 21 passengers. Officials said the bus was westbound on the interstate when the driver lost control, went off the roadway and rolled over.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the six deceased victims in this crash. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved them. My thoughts and prayers are also with the 15 injured victims. I wish them the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
What Caused this Tragic Accident?
Based on the initial information available, it is not very clear what caused the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle. There are still several unanswered questions. Was the driver under the influence? Did the driver fall asleep at the wheel? Was there some type of vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in the bus that caused the driver to lose control? I trust officials are carefully examining these and other aspects of the case in order to determine exactly what caused this accident.
Bus companies — whether private or public — owe their passengers the standard of “the utmost duty of care.” That means that these carriers are responsible for the safe transportation of their passengers. Their duty to passengers supersedes everything else. So, in this case, if this bus accident was caused by the bus driver’s negligence or error or the operator’s failure to properly maintain the bus, then the driver and his employer, the bus company, could be held liable for the accident, injuries and fatalities. If the accident occurred because of a product defect, then the manufacturer of the bus could also be held liable.
Skilled Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers
Victims of this accident would be well-advised to contact Phoenix personal injury lawyers Mark and Alexis Breyer to find out more information about their legal rights and options. I know the Breyers personally. There is no doubt these are attorneys I would recommend to anyone in this accident or the families of those killed in this accident. In such cases, remember that if the bus driver is determined to have been at fault the bus company could be held liable. Also, if you are a victim or have lost a loved one, remember not to make statements, sign agreements or talk to adjusters or attorneys for other parties before talking to your own attorney, who will look out for your rights and best interests.
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