San Francisco news reports that several people have suffered serious personal injuries in a tour bus crash. According to sources, the double decker bus collided with an SUV on the Embarcadero close to the Ferry Building. 8 passengers sustained minor injuries, and 7 were taken to nearby hospitals.
This is the second tour bus accident in as many months. In November, a tour bus lost control and hit a man while riding his bicycle. In that crash, 20 people were injured. Victims suffered facial and head injuries as well as leg, arm and rib fractures. Officials believe that the accident was the result of a mechanical failure.
The cause of the more recent crash remains under investigation.
Whenever any type of motor vehicle accident occurs, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation of all the factors that may have caused or contributed to an incident.
For example, was the bus in proper working order? Were there any defective parts- or did the owner of the tour bus properly maintain the vehicle?
Additionally, it’s important to evaluate the conduct of the driver. In some instances, an individual driver may me held responsible for his or her reckless conduct and the company that hires a driver, especially if the driver has a history of reckless or negligent behavior.
Other times, factors such as the weather or the condition of the roadway may play a role in causing an accident.
Where multiple factors may be responsible for another’s injuries, each party may be required to pay a percentage of damages attributed to that defendant. As a result, it is critical to determine each cause.
For more information, or if you have suffered any type of personal injury, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.