In Palo Alto, California, a party bus driver caused an accident on Sunday, August, 11, 2013. The accident killed one person and took place around 10 PM. The accident happened when the 43 year-old driver veered off the freeway near Alphine Road. As a result, the driver hit a tree. The impact was so strong that a part of the vehicle sheared off. The vehicle was a Chevrolet 3500 van that was transformed into a party bus.
One of the passengers who was wearing a seat belt was found dead. The driver of the van fled the scene after the accident. He later wandered the area and officers took him to a nearby hospital to check for injuries. They later found that he was the driver of the bus.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Police officers and investigators are still trying to piece together what happened. However, the driver does face multiple charges including manslaughter and felony driving under the influence.
Drunk Driving and Fleeing the Scene
Today, party buses are a popular form of transporting a large group of people who are celebrating. Unfortunately, this method of transportation is extremely dangerous as it has been the cause of numerous accidents. Sometimes, people will be intoxicated on the bus and fall out during heavy traffic. Other times, the loud music and drunken banter from passengers can distract the driver and cause an accident.
In the story described above, the driver took part in the festivities on the bus and endangered the safety of the passengers. Numerous injuries and accidents can occur on a party bus and passengers and drivers should be aware of the dangers involved.
Speak to a Personal Injury DUI Attorney
Criminal charges can be held against the bus owner when injuries occur. If you were injured while on a party bus or injured due to a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to a large settlement award for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free and confidential review of your case.