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Bus company accused of negligence in California truck crash

The recent tragic collision in California between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students has led to a civil lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the mother of one of the five students who died in the crash, seeks $100 million in damages. The complaint is an example of how claims of negligence can be levied against multiple defendants after a truck accident: not only is FedEx named as a defendant, but also the estate of the driver of the FedEx truck and the company that owned the bus that was carrying the students.

Although an accusation of negligence may sometimes fall solely upon a single individual or company, many times attorneys can identify several sources of negligent behavior that has contributed to an injury or fatality.

Sometimes these contributory sources of negligence may not be apparent right away. In the case of this collision, for example, although FedEx and the driver of its truck seem to be obvious defendants -- some witnesses claim that the FedEx truck was on fire even before the collision, and the complaint contains an allegation that this was not the first time that a FedEx truck had caught on fire. A more thorough factual and legal analysis also identified that the bus in which the students were riding may have lacked adequate exit doors, another potential act of negligence.

When California residents are injured in a truck accident, they or their relatives may, in their grief and other charged emotions, focus on obvious possible causes of the injury, death and property damage--such as negligent vehicle maintenance, failure to comply with federal or state regulations, defective parts and equipment, or a negligent or unqualified driver.

An attorney is often in a good position of being able to look at the facts and to see other areas of negligence that may not seem as evident to those directly involved or affected.

Source: ABC News, "FedEx Sued Over Deadly California Bus Crash," April 23, 2014

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