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Investigation may bring closure for victims of serious injuries

Large trucks are heavy, sometimes difficult to navigate around and are surprisingly common features on most California highways and interstates. A truck driver was recently found to be at fault for causing a tragic accident that caused both fatal and serious injuries. However, there is still ongoing speculation about what actually occurred in the cab of the 18-wheeler.

In 2014, a FedEx 18-wheeler left its lane, veered across a median and entered oncoming traffic. At the same time, a bus that was carrying high school students was on the way to a college. The two vehicles collided head on, causing a fire and killing 10 individuals, including five students.

After exhaustive investigation by local authorities, it was ultimately determined that the driver of the FedEx truck had caused the wreck, although exactly how he did so is still not clear. Many people connected to the wreck suspect that driver fatigue may have played a role. However, they also speculate that an undiagnosed medical condition could have been the cause.

For many people in California, it may be difficult to imagine how a day that began with hope for the future ended in such unimaginable tragedy. Although many on board did survive, the serious injuries that the victims suffered will likely continue to affect their lives for years to come. Often, the most appropriate course of action for a victim to take is to file a personal injury civil suit against a negligent driver, his or her estate, the trucking company that owned the vehicle or any combination thereof. Surviving family members of those who died retain a similar right, although compensation is most often sought through a wrongful death claim.

Source: ABC News, "Officials: Probe Faults Truck Driver in Fatal Bus Collision", Amanda Lee Myers and Fenit Nirappil, May 22, 2015

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