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HAYWARD: Renee Rodriguez and Lumumba Richard Killed In Tour Bus Accident I-880 Freeway Near Union City


Nov 2, 2018

Renee Rodriguez bus accident – Lumumba Richard bus accident: Two Victims Died In Tragic Tour Bus Crash In Hayward After Bus Driver Rear Ended Their Cars

 HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA (November 2, 2018) A tour bus crashed into two cars in Hayward and killed Renee Rodriguez and Lumumba Richard during stop and go traffic on the Interstate 880 Highway.

California Highway Patrol are saying that there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. A local county coroner has been able to identify the driver of the Lexus that was hit as Renee Rodriguez.

Lumumba Richard was driving a Ford that was pushed into the back of a UPS truck. Video of the accident scene shows complete chaos. Both vehicles were damaged beyond recognition.

Police blocked off the Northbound lanes of the Freeway for 7 hours while they continued their investigation. It remains unclear if the bus driver was among those that were injured in the crash.

California Highway Patrol were recreating the accident scene and conducting a forensic analysis in order to get a better insight into what happened. There was an outpouring of grief and anger on social media following the tragic tour bus accident that killed Renee Rodriguez and Lumumba Richard.

“Those tour buses drive crazy! They don’t care for the people on the road. I try to avoid them at all cost. Swerving and speeding with all those peoples lives at risk.” said Jacqueline R. Roberts.

What To Do After A Bus Accident

Buses can weigh tens of thousands of pounds and deliver a tremendous amount of force in the event that they crash. A victim may be seriously injured and incur high medical bills and need to take time off work. There are a number of steps that a person involved in a bus accident should take in order to help preserve their rights.

  • The police will conduct an examination of every bus accident. But it’s important that victims are proactive. Take pictures of the accident scene and seek out witnesses and get their contact information.

  • Seek medical treatment even if you don’t feel as though you are injured. Many of the injuries associated with car accidents and bus accidents may not manifest until several days or weeks after an accident. Insurance companies will try to send you to their doctors who are paid to report that you are not injured.

  • Seek the advice of an experienced bus accident attorney. Insurance companies will also try to get a statement from you about the accident. It’s simply never a good idea to do this without legal guidance. A personal injury attorney can take steps to make sure your rights are being protected.

Victims of a bus accident or their family are protected by a number of laws. For example, a person injured by a bus accident would normally be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Liability In Accidents Involving Tour Buses

Investigators will want to look at a number of different factors in order to determine liability for the tragic accident that killed Renee Rodriguez and Lumumba Richard. Bus drivers are humans and they make mistakes just like everyone else. Generally speaking, the vast majority of rear end collisions occur due to drivers that aren’t paying attention. Speeding is also another major factor. When a bus driver is negligent while performing their duties the company that they work for may also face liability as well. Passenger buses that are capable of holding more than 16 people generally must carry liability insurance of $5 million or more. But drivers are not always solely to blame. In many circumstances, bus companies will push their employees to work grueling hours and fatigue can naturally set in. It’s important to have an experienced attorney looking into all of the specific facts of your case and advocating on your behalf in the event of an accident.

Preserving Your Rights After A Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Renee Rodriguez and Lumumba Richard. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. The bus company that employed this driver should step forward, admit liability and do everything in their power to help these two families. We encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what caused this horrific accident to contact investigators at the California Highway Patrol for the sake of all of those involved.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in an accident involving a tour bus you may have legal recourse. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. Bus companies will fight tooth and nail to try to deny liability after an accident. Whether you are looking to get a police report after an accident or you just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach us at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Gwendolyn Wu. Tour bus crash kills two, shuts down northbound I-880. October overnight. October 31, 2018
  2. FMCSA. Understanding Passenger Carrier Regulations. 2018
  3. FTA. State of Bus Safety in the U.S.: Summary of Federal and State Regulations. June 2014
  4. Alan Haburchak. Liability in Bus Accidents. 2018

 

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