This is such a tragic story, and with so many plaintiffs, it is hard to see how any family can be made financially whole. But none the less, the survivors are doing what they can to turn over the damages aspect of this matter to attorneys. The family of one of the students killed in the horrific charter bus and FedEx crash in Orland, California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the package delivery company.
Who Filed the Bus Accident Lawsuit?
The parents of Ismael Jimenez 18 are suing. Many witnesses said Ismael was at the front of the bus helping passengers escape when he burned to death.
Jimenez was an aspiring artist. So he was one of the ten students killed as they headed to Humboldt State University for a weekend tour on April 10th. The FedEx truck in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 crossed the highway into oncoming traffic. Next, they slammed head-on into the bus carrying the students.
On Tuesday, a lawsuit became filed in the Los Angeles County Court. And the family of the 18-year-old has placed blame on FedEx, the driver, the manufacturer, and Volvo. The driver of the truck died in the head-on collision. The family has also named the charter bus company, Silverado Stages in the suit filed with the court. According to the family’s attorney Paul Kiesel, the family is seeking unspecified damages. Also, he said he would be holding a news conference.
So this is the most recent lawsuit in the deadly crash. More claims will come against FedEx and the Silver Stages charter bus company. Earlier in the month, the mother of one of the other dead students filed a lawsuit seeking 100 million dollars. The package delivery giant FedEx said that it does not comment on litigation.
What are Some Legal Theories Bus Accident Attorneys Can Use to Get Money for the Family?
What we do know, is that many skilled attorneys come up with interesting legal theories to win in cases like this. Arguments used could be “agency, course, and scope of employment, joint venture and even government claims.” (source.) We also know that bus wrecks can include many victims and cause many bad injuries. So this means that compensation comes by using these above strategies. In this manner, one gets more defendants with “deep pockets.)
Before the head-on collision, the driver of the FedEx truck signaled to change lanes into the left lane and began the merge, according to the Jimenez family’s lawsuit. The documents claim the driver did not straighten the freight hauling truck out. Instead, the vehicle continued east across the median of 58 feet and into oncoming traffic. Afterwards, it collided with the charter bus carrying the students.