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.
Semi-truck drivers have an added responsibility to the safety standards that all drivers must adhere to because of the massive size of their vehicles. When a car or pickup truck is involved in an accident with a semi-truck, those riding in the smaller vehicle face a much higher risk of being injured in the collision.
The California Highway Patrol has recently reported on a semi-truck crash that occurred on Route 163 over the weekend that took the life of one person. According to crash responders, the accident occurred in Linda Vista when a PT Cruiser collided with a semi-truck for reasons that are still unknown.
The driver of the PT Cruiser was killed as a result of the impact. Police have reported that speed may have been a factor as well as the wet pavement at the time of crash. After the crash occurred, the lanes of traffic were shut down for nearly four hours as police officers diverted traffic to other areas.
Another semi-truck accident occurred earlier in the weekend and took the life of a San Diego man and injured three others. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need knowledgeable representation on your side to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Although financial compensation cannot make the tragic accident go away, it can help clear the added stress that comes with paying for medical bills. Contact the truck accident lawyers of Ritter & Associates today.