At around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, a tour bus drifted off of a freeway and rolled over about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. A California Highway Patrol officer stated that the bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, and that it has previously struck a Denny's about 50 miles south in Red Bluff. The previous accident did not result in any injuries.
A 33-year-old passenger died in the crash, and 30 other passengers suffered various injuries. A helicopter transported one passenger with severe head injuries to a Mount Shasta hospital for treatment. That was one of the three passengers who were in critical condition after the accident. A Redding hospital had three patients in serious condition along with most of the other patients from the crash.
Investigators stated that evidence from both crashes suggested that the 67-year-old driver may have been fatigued at the time. They did not release any information about whether authorities planned to pursue charges or whether they believed alcohol or drugs were involved.
Large accidents like this can result in a large number of personal injury and wrongful death suits. Investigators will determine the cause of the accident to decide if the fault lies with the driver or the bus company. All of those injured could receive compensation for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering and any lost income resulting from the accident.
The deceased man's family could receive compensation for their loss to cover funeral expenses and lost income. This compensation may even include loss of companionship. An attorney could explain all of the compensation to which the family is entitled because of the accident.
Source: Fox News, "California tour bus crash kills at least 1, injures dozens", November 24, 2014