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UPDATE: Louis Jude Otero Died In Los Angeles Tour Bus Accident By University Park At Corner Near Flower Street and Adams Boulevard


Jan 23, 2019

Louis Otero bus accident: 78-Year-Old Transient Man Identified As Louis Jude Otero Killed After Being Hit And Dragged By Casino Tour Bus Near University Park

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (January 23, 2019) – Los Angeles Police are asking the public for help to find the family of Louis Jude Otero who was killed in a casino tour bus accident by Exposition Park at the corner of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Louis Jude Otero was hit and dragged around 900 feet by a casino tour bus being chartered by Samho Tour & Travel. The bus accident took place on January 10 and the bus driver did not stop after the victim was hit. 

Police later tracked the driver down to a storage yard in Gardena. The LAPD were able to confirm it was the correct bus involved by taking blood and tissue samples that were on the bus. They suspect that the driver was not aware that he hit anyone. 

Fatigue may have played a role in the fatal casino tour bus accident that killed Louis Jude Otero. The bus driver that hit the victim was coming back from a four-day trip and had logged over 2,000 miles before running over and dragging the victim. 

Liability In Tour Bus Accidents

The Los Angeles Police Department will need to look into a number of factors as they investigating the bus accident that killed Louis Jude Otero. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatigue and distraction are major risk factors associated with bus accidents. To this tend, a number of companies are working on fatigue and distraction monitoring and warning systems. These devices monitor a bus drivers eye movement and other factors and give warnings when drivers show signs of fatigue. 

When a bus driver is negligent, the company that they work for may face liability for the accident. Bus companies are vicariously liable for the poor driving of their employees. Buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and ere expected to use extra caution to avoid accidents. Moreover, a tour company that contracted a bus company may also face liability for an accident. They have a duty to hire companies with clean driving records and may share liability if the company they hire has multiple safety violations.  

The family of a bus accident victim is able to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of a bus accident and let you know what your rights are. It’s important that steps are taken to preserve evidence after an accident and that witness testimony is collected. There are also statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim. It is therefore important to act quickly after an accident to preserve your rights. 

Investigating A Bus Accident 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Louis Jude Otero. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Steps need to be put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen ever again. Bus drivers should not be worked to the point of exhaustion. This puts everyone’s life in jeopardy. Witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with police as they continue their investigation. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a bus accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have about your rights. We can investigate your case and determine what went wrong. Whether you just have questions about your rights or would like us to investigate your claim free of charge we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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