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Trucker is charged in deadly crash with Canadian hockey team bus

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Charges were just announced for a truck driver who was involved in a high-profile crash earlier this year. Months after his semi-trailer collided with a team bus in rural Canada, the driver is now facing numerous charges.

An entire country mourns the loss of young lives

On April 6, a hockey team bus was struck by the defendant's truck, killing 16 people. Victims included 10 players -- all under 21 years old -- and six adults. Over a dozen additional bus passengers were injured.

Authorities concluded that charges were warranted for the driver, who apparently failed to stop at the intersection where the accident occurred. The 29-year-old driver faces 29 individual counts including:

  • Dangerous operation causing death charges
  • Dangerous operation causing bodily injury charges

This prominent case received worldwide attention; an online fundraising page raised over $15 million in less than two weeks for the victims' families.

Bus accidents are an unfortunate reality

While the numbers of annual bus accidents in the U.S. is low compared to truck and car accidents, there are frequently more passengers involved. This leads to higher numbers of fatalities and injuries. Common causes of bus accidents include driver training inadequacies, bus maintenance issues and driver fatigue.

Whether a crash involves a bus, truck or car, it is very common for lawsuits and insurance claims to follow. Negligent drivers and bus companies may be subject to criminal charges as well as civil lawsuits. You don't have to face the aftermath of an accident on your own.

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