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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

13 Killed and 31 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in Palm Springs


According to CNN, a tour bus smashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on October 23, killing the driver and 12 passengers and injuring dozens more. The crash occurred at 5:17 a.m., a bit over an hour after the bus left to take its passengers back to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino in Palm Springs.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Border Division Chief Jim Abele reported that the bus left no skid marks before colliding with the tractor-trailer, indicating that the driver did not apply the brakes before the crash. The only marks on the road from vehicles were those left by the truck as the bus pushed it forward.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently conducting an investigation regarding what caused the crash, and is looking into the driving records of both drivers, their accident histories, and their respective levels of training.

In recent years, this crash ranks among the deadliest in California.

Bus Accident Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported 3,649 fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses in 2014 alone, with a total of 4,161 total fatalities resulting in that year. While that number is unacceptable, it has been steadily declining since 1979. That year, 6,007 crashes involving large trucks or buses occurred with 7,054 fatalities resulting.

Legal Rights of Those Injured

Drivers owe a heightened duty of care due to the inherent danger in driving motor vehicles. If a driver breaches this duty, and the breach of duty causes harm, those injured can recover from the driver. Here, the fact that there were no skid marks produced by the bus indicates that the driver may have failed to pay attention and thereby may have failed to act with the level of care required by law. If this is the case, those harmed can recover from the deceased driver’s estate.

In addition, employers can be held liable for harm caused by employees who are acting within the scope of their job duties at the time of harm. Since the driver was driving for USA Holiday, an Alhambra-based driving company, those injured can likely recover from USA Holiday should a court find that the driver was acting within the scope of his job duties when he crashed into the tractor-trailer.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver’s negligence, please contact our office so we may assist in your recovery.

$25 Million Wildfire Lawsuit


According to an article on United Press International’s website, Estate owner Tarek M. al-Shawaf and caretakers James and Donna Nowlin have been named as defendants in a $25 million federal lawsuit filed yesterday. According to the complaint, they failed to properly close a plastic electrical box on al-Shawaf’s property. Allegedly, sparks flew from the box, falling on dry vegetation and beginning a mountain fire which burned 27,000 acres of land in 2013. The fire spread southwest of Palm Springs, California and forced the evacuation of 5,000 people.

The U.S. Forest Service spent over $15 million fighting the fire over the course of 16 days, and the suit states that the fire caused 9 million dollars in environmental damage. The prosecution alleges that three thousand firefighters, two hundred fifty fire engines, twenty helicopters, and ten airplanes were required to control the fire.


According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), federal costs of fire suppression exceeded two billion in 2015 alone, making it the most expensive year regarding the suppression of wildfires since the NIFC began recording statistics in 1985. Federal suppression costs generally have hovered around 1.5 billion in the years since 2000, with $809,499,000 (2010) being the lowest recorded figure between 2000 and 2015. Humans, on average, cause 61,913 fires per year, with 7,400 of them occurring in California.

Legal Rights of Those Injured

If a court finds that Mr. al-Shawaf and/or the caretakers breached their duties of ordinary care in leaving the electrical box open, and that this breach resulted in the wildfire, they will be held responsible for damages caused by the wildfire, including burn damages to the buildings and costs incurred by those forced to evacuate. If you or someone you know has suffered damages resulting from a negligently-caused fire, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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