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Bus crashes in California, four die

A charter bus crash on the northbound lane of Highway 99 between Atwater and Livingston in Merced County, California last Tuesday, August 2 resulted in four deaths, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to preliminary investigations, the bus was traveling along the highway when it veered off the freeway and crashed into a pole that sliced the vehicle almost in half.

The deceased were identified as 57-year-old Fernando Ramirez and 64-year-old Petra Carillo Ruiz, a Mexican married couple who were going to visit a daughter in Pasco in Franklin County, Washington and 58-year-old Avalon, California resident Jose Morales Bravo, whose wife was hospitalized due to injuries she sustained in the crash. The fourth victim was identified only as a 38-year-old man whose identity will only be revealed after the authorities had been able to contact his family through the Mexican consulate, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said.

Driver fatigue is suspected to be the cause of the accident and the attorneys here at Ritter & Associates urge any commercial drivers to take breaks as necessary to keep passengers and other drivers safe. Our thoughts go out to all of the victims and their loved ones.

Lawsuit filed in FedEx truck, bus crash

A lawsuit has been filed in regards to the fatal collision that took place on April 29th on Interstate 5 between a FedEx bus and a school bus hired by Dorsey High School to carry students to visit Humboldt State University.

The lawsuit was filed against FedEx Corp. and FedEx Freight, Inc., claiming that the companies had been negligent in regards to training drivers, operating vehicles, and disciplining their drivers, and are therefore liable for the crash that killed five people, including Jennifer Bonilla, a high school student and the daughter of the plaintiff, Rosa Bonilla.

The suit notes that FedEx trucks have a history of catching on fire for a variety of reasons, and that the company has done nothing to remedy this problem. The lawsuit also names the estate of the bus driver, 32-year-old Elk Grove resident Timothy Paul Evans, and the bus company, Silverado Stages.


Toyota and opposing party given time to finalize settlement claim

Toyota Motors Corp. and lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit currently facing Toyota have been given more time to come up with final figures to determine how the $1.1 billion settlement for claims regarding recalls due to unintended acceleration will be awarded.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna, following a hearing on June 13 in Santa Ana, California, declared the case to be on hold while both parties agree on the final payoff figures.

Selna scheduled another hearing on July 19 to find out how the money will be allocated to beneficiaries in the settlement and to make a final approval.

Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles for unintended acceleration problems in 2009 and 2010. The recall started in September 2009 with 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles being recalled because floor mats were reported to have been causing accelerator pedal jams.

Toyota later recalled vehicles concerning pedal defects.

The lawyers of Ritter & Associates, who specialize in auto defect claims, may be able to help you if you’ve been harmed in an accident in San Diego caused by a car malfunction. Call (619) 296-0123 to get in touch with our legal team and discuss your options.

Cable car accidents costing city of San Francisco millions

About once a month, San Francisco residents are faced with the news of another cable car accident.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cable cars are regarded as among the most accident-prone forms of mass transportation in the country per vehicle mile traveled annually, with San Francisco city officials reporting 126 accidents that caused injury to 151 people over the last 10 years.

Just this March, a cable car ran into trouble on the track, causing it to stop suddenly and harming five passengers and two workers inside the car.

A report obtained by the Associated Press listing the cable car-related settlements made over the last three years revealed that the city paid nearly $8 million to settle around four dozen claims.

Should you find yourself in the midst of any motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent party, our attorneys at Ritter & Associates may be able to find a way to get you compensated for your suffering. Call us today at 619-296-0123.

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