Continued investigations in the fatal Yucaipa bus accident that occurred on the night of February 3, have found new details concerning the tour bus company tied to the crash. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the tour agency, InterBus Tours and Charters, shut down the day after the accident, but not before it sent another bus out to Knott’s Berry Farm with 30 passengers.
The crash occurred when the bus, which was owned by Scapadas Magicas of National City, lost control while travelling down a mountain road from Big Bear Lake. The bus rolled over and collided with two other vehicles. Passengers not wearing restraints were thrown out of the bus, which crushed a pickup truck and finally came to rest atop a boulder alongside California Highway 38. Currently, the death toll stands at seven people, with dozens more injured.
Investigators believe that a problem with the brakes caused the bus to speed out of control down the highway. The bus had been cited for numerous safety issues in the recent past, including a damaged windshield, lack of fire extinguisher, faulty axle and brakes, and loose or missing wheel fasteners.
InterBus Tours and Charters, which operates out of a strip mall in Tijuana, had been open for one year prior to the accident, and offered daily trips to many different destinations throughout southern California. Spokespeople for the company have stated that they had never had a problem with any of the independently-owned bus operators that they have used for trips through business contracts.
However, Scapadas Magicas was placed on a federal watch list, which flagged its buses for an increase in roadside inspections. Within the last two years, 59 maintenance violations were found concerning the company’s buses, including bald tires, defective or missing axle parts, and insufficient brake linings.
InterBus has stated that they will be paying for all burial expenses. However, in any case where a company’s insurance offers victims compensation, it is important to remember that the damages after the death of a loved one are far more than just funeral expenses. Before accepting any type of settlement from an insurance company, be sure to speak to an experienced attorney.
If you have lost a loved one in a crash or other accident caused by another party’s dangerous actions, you have the right to seek compensation. Call (619) 814-9000 to get in touch with a San Diego wrongful death lawyer at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP today for assistance with your case