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Are Boats Required to Have Insurance in California?

  California law does not require boaters to insure their boats. Despite California’s policy on boater’s insurance, it is wise to get coverage to minimize risks to your personal assets. Boating insurance is like car or home insurance; it covers

Bus Crash in Merced, California, Kills Four People


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A tour bus crashed into a sign pole on Highway 99 in Merced County, according to KCRA news. The sign pole split the bus down the middle, injuring all passengers except for four. The bus contained over 30 passengers, all of Mexican ancestry. Tragically, critical injury befell fifteen passengers, while twelve suffered only minor injuries. KCRA reports that four people, not five as previously reported, were killed. The driver, Mario David Vasquez, suffered major injuries. No brake marks were found at the scene of the crash, suggesting that the bus was moving at full-speed when it hit the pole. Sheriff Vern Warnke of Merced County reported to the Associated Press that many of those injured lost their limbs, and that those assisting on the scene carried away “bags of body parts” of those who survived.

Vasquez’s relatives reported that Vasquez had been mourning the death of his spouse and hadn’t been sleeping well as a result. They insist, however, that he wouldn’t have driven if he was too tired. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators arrived to investigate but state they will not determine the cause of the crash on scene. The NTSB expects the investigation to take approximately one week.

Tired Driving Statistics

According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 60% of adult drivers, or about 168 million people, admitted to driving while drowsy in the preceding year. More than one-third admitted to actually falling asleep at the wheel. Four percent stated that they had been involved in an accident or near-accident as a result of drowsiness.

Estimates by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association) indicate conservatively that 100,000 crashes reported by the police directly result from driver fatigue. Young men are the most at-risk group for fatigue-related crashes, with males between the ages of 18 and 29 being most likely to drive while drowsy when compared to other age groups. Adults with children are another at-risk group, as are shift workers. The risk of an individual crashing, predictably, inversely correlates with the amount of sleep the individual had the night before.

Legal Rights of Those Injured

Bus drivers owe a heightened duty of care while driving due to the inherent danger of operating a large vehicle like a bus. If a driver breaches this duty (by driving while tired, for example), and this breach results in harm, the driver may be found liable for damages. Those harmed can recover a dollar amount that the court deems to be sufficient compensation for both the economic and non-economic harm caused.

Driver Critically Injured After Car Crash in Citrus Heights

Two Car Crash Leaves One Driver Critically Injured in Citrus Heights

A person was left critically injured in a Citrus Heights car accident after a red convertible heading south on Auburn Boulevard collided with a silver sedan going north as the driver of the sedan made a left turn at Rusch Park.  According to a KCRA news report, the injury collision occurred on May 27th at 10:45 a.m. on Auburn just north of Antelope Road.  The driver of the sedan was not injured. However, the driver of the convertible remains hospitalized, listed in critical condition.  According to the Citrus Heights Police Department, the red convertible left the road, slammed into a concrete pillar and entered the park.  The vehicle overturned and came to rest upside down.  Officers at the scene said witnesses flipped the car back onto its wheels and tried to assist the injured driver.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim of this collision.  We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Crash Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 378 fatalities and injuries were reported in 2012 as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Citrus Heights.  In Sacramento County as a whole, 9,152 fatalities and injuries were reported that same year from vehicle collisions.

What Caused this Collision?

Based on the news report, it appears the driver of the silver sedan turned in front of or into the driver of the red convertible as that car was heading southbound on Auburn Boulevard.  The specifics are not clear from the report, however, and there are many unanswered questions.  Was the driver distracted?  Talking or texting on a cell phone?  Reckless or inattentive?  Were drugs or alcohol involved?  Was there a mechanical problem with the vehicle that contributed to the crash?  Was the other vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed?  Surely, officials will ask these questions and others to determine precisely what happened and why.

Victims’ Legal Rights

If the driver of the sedan is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.  Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including hospitalization, continuing medical expenses, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injury, lost wages and emotional distress.  Additionally, spouses can seek recovery for loss of companionship and in those tragic circumstances where the injured victim dies, families can bring a wrongful death claim to recover certain losses.  It’s always advisable for victims to contact an experienced Citrus Heights personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the investigation and protect their legal rights and interests.

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