At approximately 3:35 am on Tuesday August 2, a charter bus carrying approximately 30 people crashed into the “Hammatt Ave” highway sign on Highway 99 in the City of Atwater, Merced County. Nearly half of the entire length of the bus was split in the collision as the highway sign sheered through the interior of the bus-indicating a violent, high-speed collision. The crash has already claimed 5 fatalities and a number of serious injuries with passengers being airlifted to local hospitals to receive emergency medical treatment. Emergency crews worked through the early morning hours to remove the injured and victims from the bus and northbound highway 99 remained closed through Tuesday morning. Mario David Vasquez, 57, of Los Angeles was reported to be the driver of the bus operated by Autobuses Coordinados USA, headquartered in Los Angeles. The bus originated from Mexico, had stopped in Los Angeles and Livingston with a final destination of Washington State. The attorneys and staff at Kalfayan Merjanian have been following the developments of this tragic collision, our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims and injured.
Buses are treated as “common carriers” along with trains, airplanes, and ships for proposes of tort liability. Common carriers generally and buses specifically are highly regulated by federal and state authorities. Common carriers generally must exercise a high degree of care and diligence to ensure their passengers are safe. Often times, the operators of buses are liable for falling short of the standards imposed on them by law. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the bus collision however, the CHP’s scope of investigation does not extend to the evaluation of civil liability. The attorneys at Kalfayan Merjanian have the experience to navigate through the complexities of common carrier tort liability and the resources to fully investigate the causes of these types of catastrophic injuries.
Any incident resulting in fatalities is a difficult time for families and friends of victims. Often times, there is little, if any, information regarding the the facts and circumstances of a catastrophic event. It becomes frustrating for family and friends who need information. When tragedy strikes, a compassionate and experienced attorney can help families navigate through times that are emotionally and physically trying. Kalfayan and Merjanian, LLP is investigating this catastrophic accident and can provide a free consolation in either English or Spanish.
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