Thirteen people were injured in a Riverside County bus accident in Banning after a Greyhound bus traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix blew a tire on the 10 Freeway and crashed on the morning of June 3. According to an ABC7 news report, the crash was reported on the eastbound lanes near Ramsey Street in Banning. California. Highway Patrol officials say a Greyhound with 33 people on board was traveling in the second lane at about 60 to 65 mph when a left front tire blew out.
The bus lost control, skidded left and hit a Mitsubishi Outlander in the next lane, and then struck the center divider. Officials said one person on the bus sustained major injuries and 10 others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were all transported to local hospitals. Two occupants of the Outlander were also taken to area hospitals. The investigation into this bus accident is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the injured victims of this bus accident. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Compensation for Victims
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver lost control of the bus after the tire blew. It is unclear whether the tire was defective or because it blew because of poor maintenance. A thorough investigation is needed to determine what occurred here and why. Bus companies – whether they are public or private – have a responsibility to safely transport passengers. They have a duty of care to ensure that passengers are safely transported.
If an accident occurred because of poor vehicle maintenance, the bus company can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. If a vehicle defect caused the crash, then the manufacturer of the defective product can also be held liable for the damages.
Injured bus accident victims may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California bus accident lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.