Los Angeles, CA- A tour bus from Los Angeles crashed early Sunday morning in Northern California, killing one passenger and injuring thirty others, some critically.
California Highway Patrol reported that that tour bus, traveling from Los Angeles to Oregon, on the 5 Freeway in Shasta County ran off the road into an embankment and overturned just after 7:30 a.m. The bus landed on the roof and spread luggage and other debris all over the road.
The crash occurred about a 100 miles from the Oregon border.
The crash killed a 33 year-old man from Fresno County, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Thirty others were injured with a few suffering serious injuries. Most of those injuries were minor and the majority of victims were treated at a local hospital then released. At least four victims were listed in critical condition Sunday; one suffered a brain injury the Sacramento Bee reported.
Police are unclear what the cause of the accident is at this time, but suspect fatigue played a role. CHP said the bus was involved in another accident at Denny’s earlier that morning, around 5 a.m., in Red Bluff. In that accident the bus driver clipped the edge of the roof of the restaurant, causing minimal but visible damage.
The bus, owned by Yellow Arrow Lines, was being driven by 67 year-old Jose Victor Garcilazo Palencia of Los Angeles. Palencia had a co-driver who police are speaking with.
One passenger on the bus told who escaped with minor injuries told CBS, “You could tell that he wasn’t paying attention, because he just kept going straight. And I think he might have fallen asleep a little bit, I’m not sure.”
Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.
Accidents like these make people question the safety of commercial busses, but they are far less common than motor vehicle accidents. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data from 2009–the latest year data is available—found that there were 212 fatal bus accidents compared to 18, 315 fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles. Additionally, the FMCSA estimates that 15 out of every 19 bus crashes can be attributed to driver error or distraction.
Following an accident, victims may be concerned about who is going to pay their medical bills and other costs associated with a serious accident. Usually after an accident, the victims will be approached by the bus company’s insurer so they can settle quickly and put the matter to rest. This may seem ideal but unless the victim has consulted with an accident attorney, they cannot be certain that the initial settlement offer is enough to cover all of the costs they incur.
Accident victims have enough on their minds already, and they need assurances they will be fairly compensated for their injuries. These victims need to know that they will not be expected to cover those cost when someone else is responsible for their suffering. An accident attorney can give them that assurance because they understand the costs the injured is facing, and they have the experience required to build a successful injury claim.

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