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Deadly crash of college tour bus raises liability questions

By now, many of our Torrance readers have heard about the fatal tour bus crash in northern California that claimed the lives of five students, three chaperones and two commercial-vehicle drivers. Though these 10 people tragically lost their lives in the crash, more than 30 people, most of them teenagers, did escape with their lives with only injuries. Now investigators are working on trying to provide them and the deceased victims’ families with answers, especially when it comes to which driver was at fault in the crash.

Eyewitnesses say that just prior to the collision with the college tour bus a FedEx truck sideswiped another car. As some of our readers know, this piece of information can tell us a lot about the pending investigation. Accident reconstructionists will likely look into whether the driver of the FedEx truck lost control of the vehicle prior to collision. They will also look at other factors that may have caused the crash including mechanical failures or negligence. This evidence will not only determine fault in the crash but liability as well.

1 dead, 3 injured after head-on collision in Carneros

While the surviving victims of a deadly head-on collision in Carneros recover from their injuries in local hospitals, investigators from the California Highway Patrol are still trying to figure out why the two SUVs the victims were in crashed in the first place. Determining whether negligence was a factor will not only mean whether criminal charges will be filed against one of the drivers but it will also help victims decide whether a civil lawsuit will need to be filed as well.

The crash happened along Highway 12/121 when witnesses say a Chevrolet Equinox, which was rounding a curved stretch of the highway, crossed the center line and collided with the other SUV, a Lexus RX 450. According to police at this time, speed does not appear to be a factor in this case as both vehicles seem to have been travelling at the posted speed limit at the time of the crash. They have not ruled out distracted driving or intoxication though.

Police investigating why driver lost control in La Jolla crash

Losing a loved one in a serious accident is often considered to be a difficult burden to bear. But not knowing what circumstances led up to their death can make your grief all that much more intense. This might be the case for a California family who is grieving the loss of their loved one this month after a sudden and tragic accident. For them, knowing all of the details of the crash will not only help with the healing process but will help determine whether civil litigation is in their future.

Some of our Torrance readers may have heard about the crash that claimed the life of a 91-year-old man. According to police, he was a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz, driving through La Jolla, when the car’s 57-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. Because of this, police say the car then hit a curb and collided with another vehicle before striking a light post. Both the 57-year-old driver and the driver of the other vehicle were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals. The 91-year-old man unfortunately died at the scene.

CHP could push for manslaughter charges in tour bus crash

Many people across the state of California, including residents here in Torrance, may remember the deadly tour bus crash that took place just this past December along the southbound lanes of I-15. For those who may not remember, the tour bus flipped when the driver lost control of the bus. Twenty-one people were injured in the serious commercial vehicle accident and a 64-year-old woman from Van Nuys was killed.

Although alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the deadly crash, investigators with the California Highway Patrol do believe that there were some safety issues with the vehicle’s tires that could have led to the crash. According to incident reports, the 57-year-old driver told investigators that he felt the bus jerk to the left before he lost control of the vehicle. Because of the rain-slick interstate and the balding patterns on some of the tires, it’s possible that the vehicle hydroplaned before crashing. If this is the case, then the tour bus company, Five Star Bus Charter, could be held liable.

Two-vehicle collision in Glassell Park injures seven

Much like the Beverly Hills accident we reported on in last week’s blog post, four more police officers have been injured in another motor vehicle accident. This time in the Glassell Park area, this new accident has left two officers in serious but stable condition with the other two officers and three civilians in stable condition.

Much like the Beverly Hills crash, police do not know for sure yet what caused the crash. Did the four officers, who were travelling in an unmarked Crown Victoria, fail to yield right of way when entering the intersection of Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road? Had the three occupants of the SUV not seen the officer’s car, despite the fact that they had their lights and siren activated at the time of the serious crash?

Truck crash that killed police officer still under investigation

A fatal truck accident in Beverly Hills this month still has the California Highway Patrol scratching their heads as they try to provide closure to the accident victims and their families. Of the victims were two LAPD officers who were responding to a call that fateful day. While one was able to escape the accident with her life, her partner, a 16-year department veteran, was not so lucky.

Investigators believe that a mechanical failure in the truck’s braking system may have caused the vehicle to skid down the hills of Loma Vista Drive in Los Angeles County. As the truck neared the patrol car, the weight of the small excavator it was carrying likely caused the truck to tip over onto the squad car. The truck’s driver was also injured in the crash and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Pedestrian accident in California parking lot injures 3

Going to the store is something that most people do without really thinking much about. For most people, if you need something, you just go to whatever store has it. You likely don't think about having to watch out for car accidents as you walk through the parking lot. Unfortunately, accidents in parking lots do happen, and pedestrians are sometimes injured. A recent accident at a Walmart in Panorama City left three people injured. A 49-year-old man from Panorama City was arrested in connection with the Feb. 18 pedestrian accident for felony DUI.

The accident occurred when two cars crashed in the parking lot at around 11:25 on that Tuesday morning. One of the vehicles involved in the crash hit three people. One adult and two children were taken to a local hospital. A 37-year-old man was listed in serious condition. An 8-year-old boy was listed in critical condition. A 9-year-old girl was listed in fair condition.

Victim of 2006 California boating accident dies

Getting into a serious accident can often alter the rest of your life. In some cases, medical conditions caused by damage from the accident continue throughout your life. For one California teen, lasting medical issues from an accident when he was 11 years old might have cost him his life.

When the teen was 11, he was knee-boarding with his family when he was run over by a boat in a hit-and-run boating accident. The propeller went across his forehead, under his nose and left eyelid, and completely through his skull. He had to have facial reconstruction and neurosurgery. He was in the hospital for more than a month following the 2006 accident.

Los Angeles car accident victim dies after t-bone crash

Most people don't think about the trust they are putting in other people when they get on the public roads. You aren't only putting your life in the hands of driver of the vehicle you are riding in. You are also putting your life in the hands of other drivers on the road.

While most drives go without any significant events, other drives don't fare as well. This is especially true when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. For one man, a car accident in Los Angeles ended his life.

Los Angeles Metro bus crashes into cherrypicker, worker killed

Some occupations are dangerous. The people who do these jobs know that they are risking their lives to get the job done. For people who have to work along public roadways, vehicle traffic around them can easily make a dangerous job turn even more dangerous. For one man in Los Angeles, working in a cherrypicker ended up being a fatal act.

The 56-year-old man was inside the cherrypicker's basket operating the hydraulic controls. The cherrypicker basket had a 120-foot boom, which was extended so the basket was situated approximately 11 feet over the number two westbound lane of Venice Boulevard.

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