WILLOWS, CA — North of Road 39 on Interstate 5, a 2019 Kenworth truck attempted to pass a bus when its front right portion clipped the left rear of the bus, leading to a collision.
The bus veered off the freeway, crashing through a fence on the east side and ultimately coming to rest on its left side.
Eight individuals sustained injuries that required hospitalization.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.
Thoughts on Truck and Passenger Bus Accident
Truck accidents are on the rise. In 2021, 117,300 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in injury — a 12 percent increase from 2020 (National Safety Council). Although many factors can cause large trucks to have accidents, most happen due to driver error.
When truck drivers ignore basic safety road rules, there can be dire consequences for nearby motorists. According to the news report, the truck driver in this accident did not follow safety protocols. It is never okay for truckers to drive in a manner that places other motorists in danger. When truck drivers neglect safety road rules and serious injuries or deaths happen, the driver must be held accountable.
In addition, the company that hired this driver may also have some fault in this collision. Truck companies have a duty to hire drivers who adhere to safety rules and to educate and adequately train their drivers on roadway rules and safe driving. When employers fail to vet their drivers, they may be liable for serious injuries or deaths their employees caused.
My hopes and thoughts are with the bus passengers in the hospital to heal quickly and get the justice they deserve.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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