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13 killed in bus, tractor-trailer collision in California

A collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer that occurred along Interstate 10 in Palm Desert, California last Sunday, October 23 resulted in the death of 13 people and injured 31 others.

According to California Highway Patrol records, the tour bus involved in the accident, called USA Holiday, was at one point found unsatisfactory in different aspects, though it had not received a negative rating since 2010. At that point, an unnamed company driver got an “unsatisfactory” rating overall due to “controlled substance and alcohol testing results.”

Also, CHP motor carrier safety program manager Cullen Sisskind told The Associated Press that the driver involved in the accident did not have a failing overall inspection record. Sisskind noted “This is not out of the norm. Commercial motor vehicle operation and the requirements that go along with that are complex and extensive.” USA Holiday received unsatisfactory ratings for maintenance, equipment, and issues involving a driver from 2005 through 2008.

CHP officers identified the 13th fatality last Tuesday, October 25.


Tour bus in California bus accident had low-tread tires

The National Transportation Safety Board is discussing a new development concerning the tour bus that crashed in Desert Hot Springs near Palm Springs. The USA Holiday bus crashed in Riverside County in California on Sunday, October 23, which resulted in the death of 13 individuals, while 31 more sustained injuries.

According to authorities, two of the eight tires on the bus did not have enough tread, and as such the bus was not in compliance with vehicle safety standards. NTSB member Earl Weener said the agency came to this conclusion after a careful examination of the motor coach body and wheels. The tires of the bus, which were manufactured by different auto-part makers, did not meet Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection criteria.

At Ritter & Associates, we defend clients who sustained injuries in accidents through no fault of their own. Contact us at (619) 296-0123 to discuss your personal situation and see what our talented attorneys can do to help you.


Bayer may inherit Monsanto’s environmental liabilities

A pending acquisition at the top of German multinational and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG’s shopping list, the $66 million agreement to purchase St. Louis, Missouri-based multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Co., may trap Bayer into a web of ongoing environmental lawsuits, attorneys told Bloomberg BNA.

The deal will connect Bayer to litigation concerning Monsanto’s earlier production of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as well as its cleanup liabilities, even though terms of the sale are geared toward creating a firewall against the liabilities, attorneys said. They noted that this is because a purchaser in a genuine merger receives both the assets and the liabilities of the purchase.

German legislators are urging the European Commission to pull back the scope of the deal, which will also have to be approved by United States antitrust regulators.

Meanwhile, plaintiffs from San Francisco and San Diego, are continuing litigation against Monsanto over public waterway contamination due to the presence of PCBs, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause liver damage and respiratory problems.

When a company releases a toxic pollutant into the environment, it is possible to hold that company accountable for the resulting toxicity injuries you and your family endure. If you had been hurt due to toxic circumstances in San Diego or other areas in California, enlist the legal services of our attorneys at Ritter & Associates by calling our offices today at (619) 296-0123.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones banned on U.S. airlines

Airline flights within, from, and to the United States are banning Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which were manufactured by Samsung. The flights are under an emergency order announced on Friday, October 14 by the Department of Transportation in response to reports of said devices spontaneously combusting and catching fire.

Samsung has already issued a recall of over 2.5 million units of the smartphone due to a battery manufacturing error. One instance of this occurred when a Jeep owned by a family in St. Petersburg, Florida caught fire when a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was left charging in the vehicle. Samsung also encouraged owners of the defective smartphone to get a refund or exchange their phones by visiting a Samsung outlet near them. At least three American airlines are including new fire-suppression equipment on their fleets in the event that a cellular phone or laptop battery overheats and catches fire.

If you are severely injured and your finances are depleted as a result of medical bills you incurred to treat the physical liabilities you sustained during your personal injury accident, your plight is not totally hopeless. The San Diego attorneys at Ritter & Associates can help you file the appropriate lawsuit to pursue financial compensation. Call our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to learn more about your legal options.


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