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A FedEx truck crashed into a tour bus Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring 34 others.
The fiery crash occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland, California, about 100 miles north of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol and National Transportation Safety Board are now trying to determine what caused the FedEx tractor trailer to cross the median and collide with a bus full of high school students, reports The Sacramento Bee.
As the details of the FedEx truck crash unfold, many legal questions will need to be answered.
Any major crash can take time to investigate its causes, but figuring out what caused the FedEx truck crash may take especially long. CHP Lt. Commander Bruce Carpenter warned the investigation could take as long as six months because of "the complexity of the whole incident itself and the number of fatalities," the Bee reports.
Like a victim would do when involved in even a minor truck accident, CHP and NTSB officials want to document injuries and damage, interview witnesses, and collect evidence.
Although 10 people have been pronounced dead following the incident, Carpenter told the Bee that most of the injuries to the survivors appeared minor.
As more details come to light about the cause of the crash, the following questions will become more relevant:
These are just a few of the legal questions raised by the fatal FedEx truck crash. Because commercial truck crashes can differ in many ways from car crashes, an experienced truck accident attorney may be invaluable in helping victims get the compensation they deserve.
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