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James Mayo, Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, Carl Hardin, Injured In California Tour Bus Accident On Highway 46 Within San Luis Obispo County


Sep 24, 2019

James Mayo Nashville: Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert, Jed Downing, Jim Mayo (James Mayo) Injured In California Tour Bus Accident On Highway 46 Within  San Luis Obispo County By Shandon —> Support The Victim Through Go Fund Me —> Support The Family of David Turner Through Go Fund Me

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (September 24, 2019) – Nashville tour manager Jim Mayo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident that took place near Shandon on Highway 46 that also injured Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert, Jed Downing. 

Jim Mayo is part of country singer Josh Turner’s road crew. The tour bus carrying all of the victims veered off the side of the road, went through a barbed wire fence and traveled down a 50 foot cliff. 

Josh Turner’s sound engineer David Turner tragically died in the bus accident. Jim Mayo, Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert and Jed Downing were also injured in the crash.

The victim’s daughter Lauren Mayo has set up a Go Fund Me page in order to help pay for her father’s medical bills. Jim Mayo sustained major injuries from the crash including a fractured sternum and a vertical shear pelvic injury. 

His family said he will likely remain in California for two or three weeks before coming home to Nashville. California Highway Patrol are investigating whether or not a mechanical malfunction may have contributed to the crash. 

Josh Turner has postponed the rest of his September tour to a later time. An investigation into the tour bus accident that injured Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert, Jed Downing, Jim Mayo (James Mayo) and killed David turner remains ongoing. 

Liability In Tour Bus Accidents

Bus drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles with a high degree of vigilance in order to prevent accidents. Tour bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. A common carrier is any company – public or private – which transports goods or people in exchange for money.  Common carriers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. 

According to Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” There are dozens of potential factors that could contribute to a bus accident including:

  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue
  • Tire  problems
  • Cargo shift
  • Following lead vehicle too close
  • Speeding
  • Roadway problems 

Commercial vehicles like buses require much more frequent maintenance than smaller vehicles. Poor tire inflation or improperly treaded tires can lead to catastrophic failure. Ideally, tires should be inspected daily. Brake problems are also another major cause of bus accidents. If the air dryer cartridge on a bus’ brakes are blocked this could cause them to give out. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident.  If a tour bus company failed to properly maintain their bus and this caused an accident they could be held liable. 

Victims of a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. According to FMCSA guidelines, buses that can carry 18 or more people must have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage to pay for any victims injuries. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Getting Help After A Tour Bus Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Jim Mayo, Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert, Jed Downing and all of those who have been affected by this horrific crash. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up for James as well as David Turner (Go Fund Me). There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all involved. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a bus accident there are a number off laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their legal rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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