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Orange County Residents Injured in Casino Bus Crash


Eight people were injured in a San Diego bus accident when a Harrah’s casino tour bus crashes into a yard on Valley Center Road. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the accident occurred the morning of September 19, 2013. The victims, who were in their 60s or older, suffered minor to moderate injuries, including broken bones. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The bus that was carrying 15 people including the driver started its trip in Seal Beach in Orange County and was headed to the casino.

Third Bus Crash in a Month

The bus was less than six miles from the casino when the driver, a 63-year-old man, lost control on a curve east of Cole Grade Road. The bus crashed into a white picket fence and went into the large yard of a home. The driver told California Highway Patrol officials that the bus was going at about 30 mph. The speed limit on the road is 55 mph. The bus was chartered by Harrah’s and operated by Silver State Coach Inc. The bus, which has run this route for the last eight years, makes daily stops in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, before heading to the casino.

This is the county’s third serious bus crash just in the last month. On September 2, a tour bus headed to Casino Pauma from Los Angeles crashed near the Pala Indian Reservation injuring 10 people. On August 20, an Alpine motorist suffered major injuries after a head-on collision with a Sycuan shuttle bus in Dehesa.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the injured victims of this bus crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

What Caused the Crash?

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this injury bus crash. There are several unanswered questions here. Why did the bus driver lose control? Was he sleepy or fatigued at the time? Was he distracted or inattentive? Was he driving at an excessive rate of speed? Was there some type of mechanical problem with the bus? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Liability Issues

Mass carriers, whether they are publicly or privately operated, have the highest duty of care to their passengers. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the bus company and other at-fault parties for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering and emotional distress. However, a claims process may be fraught with challenges. Victims would be well advised to seek the counsel and guidance of a skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled bus accident cases. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

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