Mother and daughter who survived deadly bus crash file lawsuit

by Jay Pate

Alleging the bus driver was traveling too fast and the brakes were not properly maintained, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a mother and daughter who survived a tragic crash near Yucaipa, California on Super Bowl weekend that killed 8 people.

The chartered bus was returning with 38 passengers after a trip to the snow in the San Bernardino Mountains. The driver lost control of the bus on Highway 38. The bus struck a Saturn sedan, crossed the center line and rolled over, ejecting passengers.

The recent suit has been brought against the Tijuana-based Interbus Tours and Charters, which booked the trip, and Scapadas Magicas, the company that provided the bus for the trip, along with bus driver Norberto Perez and the employees of both companies. The driver told investigators the brakes failed as he descended the mountain road.

The federal government ordered Scapadas Magicas to shut down on Feb. 8. Vehicle maintenance violations were cited 21 times in the company’s 25 most recent vehicle inspections, and vehicles were taken out of service after 36 percent of those inspections, according to the federal order.

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Heygood, Orr & Pearson partner Eric D. Pearson represented the family of Nick Stout, a teenage boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury when the bus he was taking to church camp slammed into a concrete bridge abutment in East Texas, killing four and injuring dozens. Following a three week trial, the jury in the 14th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas found in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded the Stout family more than $36 million.

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by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.