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UPDATE: David Turner Killed In Shandon Tour Bus Accident On Highway 46 East In San Luis Obispo County


Sep 22, 2019

David Turner Killed In Shandon Tour Bus Accident On Highway 46 East In San Luis Obispo County

SHANDON, CALIFORNIA (September 16, 2019) – David Turner, the sound engineer for Josh Turner, has tragically died in a tour bus accident on Highway 46 East. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that David Turner “DT”  was one of the road crew for Country artist Josh Turner. At least seven other people were injured in this bus accident. 

The Prevost bus was being leased from All Access Coaches in Gallatin. For reasons that remain under investigation, the tour bus veered off of the road and over a cliff.

David Turner was ejected from the tour bus and tragically died due to his injuries. David Turner is not related to Josh Turner and worked for the country star for nearly 14 years. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help all of the other victims of the bus accident who were injured. You can help support the family of David Turner by donating to their Go Fund Me page. 

Josh Turner canceled his remaining tours and will reschedule them for a later date. Investigators are working to see if there was a malfunction with the tour bus leading up to the crash. 

Causes of Bus Accidents

According to one report from the FMCSA, nearly 4,000 are killed in bus accidents and truck accidents across the United States every year.  ” Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions. Other elements may take place immediately before a crash, such as a decision to turn in traffic, a tire blowout, or snow,” stated the report. Here are just a few of the other factors commonly associated with bus accidents:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Mechanical problems
  • Roadway problems
  • Medical emergencies
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Fatigue

It’s important that evidence is preserved after a crash. Buses are supposed to be properly maintained, but this does not always happen. For example, because of their large size and weight buses are more prone to experience brake problems. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple sources of liability for a bus accident. 

Liability In Tour Bus Accidents

Tour buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and are therefore held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” There are a number of entities related to a tour bus that could be liable in the event of an accident. 

Tour companies are have a legal responsibility to enter in a contract with a bus company that has a clean driving record. If a tour bus company contracts with a bus company that has a history of safety violations they may be liable in the event of a crash. In addition to liability on the part of a tour bus company, the bus company that owns the vehicle involved in an accident may also face civil liability. 

Bus companies are liable for the negligent actions of their bus drivers. But in many cases bus drivers aren’t solely to blame for an accident. An accident may be due in part to a mechanical malfunction with the bus itself. Poor maintenance is far too often to blame with these types of accidents. If records show that a bus company was not adequately maintaining their fleet that could be another source of potential liability. 

The family of any victim that died in a tour bus accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60.  Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of love and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, tour bus companies will often fight hard to deny liability for an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Shandon Tour Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of David Turner and all of those involved in this horrific accident. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me campaign for David Turner’s family. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future. 

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