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First of many expected suits filed in deadly bus-truck crash

Ohio readers likely recall the horrible crash last month in which a FedEx semitrailer truck collided with a motor coach bus carrying high schoolers on a visit to their prospective college. Ten people were killed in the tragic incident in California on April 10. Another 30 people were injured.

Well, the first of what are expected to be many lawsuits stemming from the fiery wreck have been filed. In one, the parent of a student who was killed is suing FedEx claiming her daughter's death was due to negligence on the part of the company. She is seeking $100 million in damages.

In another, an 18-year-old victim whose aspirations of developing his talents on the violin are now in question, is suing FedEx and the bus company for unspecified Damages. The young man suffered a broken collar bone and burns in the wreck and says he's concerned that he may never be able to play the violin ever again.

The specifics of his claim are that FedEx should be held accountable for the accident in which a company truck barreled out of control across a wide median strip separating opposing interstate traffic. He alleges that the bus company erred by not informing passengers about how to exit the bus in an emergency. The bus erupted into flames after the crash and the plaintiff and other survivors scrambled to kick out windows to save themselves.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating to determine the exact cause of the crash. Results of that probe reportedly may not be available for several months.

Meanwhile, survivors of the crash and the families of those killed may have questions regarding their legal rights. As is always the case, anyone faced with similar issues should be seeking the counsel of an experienced attorney.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Student violinist injured in Northern California crash sues FedEx," Joseph Serna, May 7, 2014
Source: KNBC-TV, "FedEx Suited Over Deadly California Bus Crash," The Associated Press, April 23, 2014

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