Brake Problems May Be Cause of Yucaipa Bus Accident

Just last week, a bus accident just north of Yucaipa, California claimed the lives of 8 people and injured 20 more. The fatal Yucaipa bus accident shut down Highway 38, which was recently opened for travel on Sunday. Two vehicles, plus a pickup truck and a compact car were involved. The bus, a tour bus from Tijuana carrying both Mexican citizens and San Diego residents, was headed back from a day trip to Big Bear Lake.

Investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board have just begun. NTSB staffers say that the investigations may not be complete for at least another month, but it has been alleged that 16 out of 25 Scapadas Magicas Tour buses had failed random safety inspections — exceeding the average failure rate of 21 percent. The bus driver told reporters that he suspected there was something wrong with the brakes, although no mechanical difficulties were documented before the bus left for Big Bear.

In 2011, a study by the NTSB revealed that buses and commercial motor vehicles have a higher likelihood of being involved in fatal accidents. The victims are most likely to be other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, rather than the passengers of buses and commercial motor vehicles.

A couple who has lived in the area for more than 20 years reported that Highway 38 can be dangerous for drivers who aren’t used to its narrow lanes and dramatic twists and turns. Under snowy conditions, the Highway can be even more treacherous to drive, especially for large vehicles likes buses and trucks.

If you or your loved ones are planning trip to Big Bear, be sure to drive safely – especially during inclement weather and while driving around buses and other commercial vehicles. And remember, if you ever get hurt in a Yucaipa bus accident, 1-800-THE-LAW2 is here for you day and night.