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May 21st, 2014

Another Lawsuit Filed Against FedEx in Fatal Bus Crash

wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against FedEx related to an April crash between one of the shipping company’s trucks and a charter bus in North California that left 10 people dead.

The family of 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez, who was killed in the accident, filed the suit, laying blame for the accident on the shipping company, the truck manufacturer, Volvo, and the truck’s driver, who was also killed. The owner of the charter bus, Silverado Stages, is also named in the lawsuit.

The bus was traveling for a free tour of Humboldt State University when it was struck head-on by the FedEx truck. Dozens of passengers escaped through windows before the bus exploded into flames, but five students, 3 chaperones and the drivers of both the bus and the truck died.

The cause of the crash, which occurred in Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, had not yet been determined by California Highway Patrol investigators.

According to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, the FedEx driver signaled a lane change and began to merge but never straightened out and continued across a 58-foot median and into oncoming traffic.

In April, the mother of another student who died filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million; a student who was injured also filed a lawsuit earlier this month.

The Texas bus accident attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers  help victims of truck and bus crashes. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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