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New Trial Granted In Fatal Bus Accident

Legal news reports that a California judge has granted a new trial involving a fatal Greyhound bus crash that occurred in 2010. According to the Fresno Bee, Judge Donald Black has ordered a new trial in the wrongful death case involving three women who were killed in the accident. Although a jury initially determined that the bus company was not at fault for the accident, the judge has granted a new trial in the matter, ruling that the driver was negligent for speeding on Highway 99 and failing to wear his glasses. The judge further noted that there is no question that the driver encountered an unexpected object in the roadway.

The case involves a crash early in the morning on July 22d. Three young women were inside an SUV that had overturned on the highway. The greyhound bus crashed into the truck, killing the women. The bus continued on, careening down an embankment and killing the bus driver and two additional passengers.

The families of the women killed in the accident sued the bus company for negligence – alleging that the driver was speeding in the fast lane, wasn’t wearing his glasses and that the bus’s brakes were faulty. At trial, the families of the woman asserted that had he been wearing his glasses he would have seen the SUV. However, the jury determined that the driver of the SUV was drunk and was at fault for the accident.

All traffic accidents involve numerous competing factors and require investigation by an experienced personal injury lawyer. For more information, or if you have been harmed in a serious bus accident, please contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.