On September 20th, 2019, three women and one man, all Chinese tourists visiting the United States, were killed in a highway bus accident in southern Utah. The crash critically injured five other passengers, according to Utah Highway Patrol.
All 31 people on board got hurt, out of which 12 to 15 suffered more serious injuries. Most of the occupants were not wearing a seatbelt, which is common in Utah tour buses.
How the Accident Occurred
The bus accident took place near a highway rest stop, just a few miles from the Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. According to the police, the bus driver swerved on the way to park.
When he yanked the steering wheel in an attempt to put the bus back onto the road, the resulting momentum caused the bus to go into a rollover crash. The driver, who is an American citizen, survived the crash.
The authorities believe he was not intoxicated, but they were investigating his condition as well as any potential mechanical problems with the bus. Although some wind was blowing at the time of the crash, it wasn’t strong enough to pose any danger.
The accident left the top of the bus smashed in with one side peeling away as the automobile came to a halt mostly off the road side.
How does Bus Injury Compensation Work in Utah?
Utah is a shared fault state. It means that if the injured victim contributes more than 50 percent to their own injuries, they will be ineligible to claim any compensation from the at-fault party. If, however, the victim’s own fault is less than 50 percent, the other party will have to pay the damages up to the extent of their fault.
As a bus passenger, chances are that you would have no shared fault if you sustain injuries in a bus crash. This would mean that you can claim 100 percent compensation for your injuries and losses. Choose an experienced Utah tour bus accident attorney to ensure that you can obtain maximum damages for your injuries.
Who can Claim Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case?
If you lost a loved one in a bus accident in Utah, all the surviving members of the decedent’s family will have a wrongful death claim for compensation from the at-fault party. The family must appoint a representative who will be approved by the court.
The representative can file a wrongful death claim against the liable parties. An experienced cross country bus accident lawyer in Utah will determine all the parties that may have contributed to the accident and focus on obtaining the maximum possible compensation for the victim’s family.