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Josh Turner Bus Crash Kills Road Crew Member, 7 Others Injured

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The accident attorneys from Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have been retained to represent individuals harmed in the Josh Turner bus crash in California.

On Sept. 18, 2019, a tour bus crash outside of Shandon, California killed a sound engineer and injured seven other members of country singer Josh Turner’s road crew.

The fatal bus crash came shortly after Turner had wrapped up a concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Turner and his bandmates were on different tour buses at the time of the crash and were unharmed.

According to media reporting, the bus was on Highway 46 near Shandon at approximately 11:40 p.m. when it left the roadway and drove some 20 yards through roadside vegetation. The bus reportedly launched off a cliff and landed in a sandy riverbed.

Two of the passengers were ejected in the crash. One of those passengers, veteran sound engineer David “DT” Turner (no relation to Josh Turner), was killed in the crash. The other, production manager Richard Lazarus, ended up in the ICU with broken legs, a broken back, and a cracked chest bone. Emergency responders had to extricate the bus driver from the wreckage. Nearly all of the other passengers were hospitalized.

According to Lazarus, members of the road crew were in the front lounge area of the bus when it started to sway and leave the roadway. He recalled that it felt like the bus hit a speed bump and then went airborne.

What Caused the Josh Turner Bus Crash?

An official cause of the bus crash that killed a member of Josh Turner’s road crew and injured several others will likely take a year or more to determine. Among other things, investigators will look for possible mechanical failures, including steering issues or brake problems. According to bus accident attorney Diane Marger Moore, a full investigation will also include a thorough review of the bus’s maintenance records and the driver’s history. Diane handles bus crashes across the country. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Bus Accident Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice, the world’s largest organization of lawyers representing the injured in America.

Tour Bus Accident Attorneys with Proven Track Record

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has represented hundreds of people harmed in bus crashes, obtaining justice and compensation on their behalf. Across all areas of practice, our attorneys have won billions on behalf of clients, including those who were injured or killed in preventable bus crashes.

In addition to our successes in the courtroom, we are also dedicated transportation safety advocates, always fighting to improve rules and regulations that protect pedestrians and motorists who share the road with buses and commercial trucks. As our clients can attest, as we work to successfully resolve the cases we undertake, we also strive to improve public safety.

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman bus crash lawyers have represented victims in many major bus accidents, including:

If you or a family member was harmed in a bus crash, you need an experienced accident attorney to protect your rights and pursue justice on your behalf. Contact Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman or call (855) 948-5098 for a free case evaluation.



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