Tragedy struck on a freeway near Palm Springs recently, in what is being described as the only the latest instance of a troubling trend. A bus being driven by the owner and operator of a small transportation company crashed into a tractor trailer while heading for a casino near the Salton Sea, killing 12 passengers and the driver.
The crash itself is heartbreaking, with the victims consisting of mostly elderly individuals headed for a night off at a tiny casino away from their regular routines. In the blink of an eye, many families lost someone they love. But adding to this heartbreak is the growing trend of crashes that fit the profile of this one -- small, independent operator catering to mostly lower-income patrons, shuttling them to off-brand casinos in out-of-way locations.
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun to investigate any common links between this crash and several others with similar profiles, to see if any links can be found in their causal factors. Because many of these crashes, including this latest one outside Palm Springs are suffered by small operators, regulatory agencies struggle to ensure that they are abiding by all the safety regulations that are easier to track with larger companies. The causes of the crash are still being investigated.
No matter the how or the why, automobile fatalities are a harsh blow to those who lose someone they love. If you been injured or lost someone you love in an automobile crash, you deserve to have excellent representation fight to recover compensation for your losses. With the guidance of an experienced, empathetic attorney, you can pursue justice confidently.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "Frequent casino bus crashes draw mounting scrutiny," Brian Melley and Julie Watson, The Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2016