The San Bernardino bus accident in Yucaipa, California, over the weekend, has resulted in an eighth fatality, the death of the driver of the pickup truck that was struck by the bus. According to the Los Angeles Times, Fred Bailey Richardson passed away this morning from his truck accident injuries. Richardson had been receiving care at the Intensive Care Unit at Loma Linda University Hospital since the crash.
According to reports, Richardson was driving his pickup truck up California 38, to his home, which was only about four miles away, in Mentone, California, when his truck was struck by the out of control bus. The bus apparently rolled over the pickup truck. The exact cause of the San Bernardino truck accident has not been officially released. However, it has been reported that this particular bus company, Scapadas Magicas, from National City, California, and possibly the specific bus involved in the crash, had a history of safety issues and violations. According to the L.A. Times, this particular bus company was placed on a federal watch list, meant to lead to increased roadside inspections.
The other wrongful death victims of this tragic San Bernardino bus crash included three bus passengers from San Diego, California, and four bus passengers from Tijuana, Mexico.
The families of these California wrongful death accident victims should contact a California wrongful death lawyer to examine their rights and possible wrongful death claims. The claims will likely be made against the bus company. If the bus company does not have adequate insurance or assets to pay the wrongful death damages, other sources of recovery may be sought out. These may include examining the safety of the road and whether governmental monitoring agencies did enough to correct the safety issues they had found on buses owned by Scapadas.
We wish all of the injury victims a speedy recovery and we give our condolences to the families of those deceased in this tragic and preventable accident.