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California rollover accidents: bus crash injures dozens, kills 7

Rollover accidents can be frightening for the average person traveling in a car or SUV. Whenever rollover accidents involve people traveling on a bus, however, it can be even more terrifying. One recent California accident involved a tour bus that flipped over, killed seven people and caused injuries to more than 30 others.

The tragic bus accident occurred after the brakes on the tour bus carrying 38 people reportedly failed. Reports indicate that the bus driver then yelled for passengers to contact 911 as he fought to maintain control of the careening vehicle. This proved to be impossible, however, and the bus smacked into the rear of a sedan before swerving and flipping onto its side. At that point, a pickup truck heading in the opposite direction crashed into the bus, which actually flipped the bus back to an upright position.

As the bus rolled over, passengers were flung out of broken windows. The injuries suffered in this bus accident were significant. Approximately 3 dozen people suffered injuries in the collision, with seven people being fatally wounded. Those who died included individuals ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s, and, most tragically, a 13-year-old.

While rollover accidents like this bus crash can't always be prevented, there are questions being raised about the company who operated this particular tour bus. Scapadas Magicas LLC of National City, California apparently received at least 22 safety violations during inspections as of Oct. 2012. Some of these safety violations included brake, windshield and tire problems, which seems particularly concerning in light of the fact that the driver indicated that the brakes failed just before the bus accident. This factor could play a role in any potential wrongful death lawsuits that surviving family members of those who were killed might choose to file in the future.

Source: Statesman.com, "At least 8 people killed in Calif. bus crash," Tami Abdollah, Feb. 4, 2013

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