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Austin Bus Collision Update: The Driver Is Not Going To Be Charged (update)


I have been watching this collision since it happened:

Company Lawyer Diagnosis The Condition Of The Austin Bus Driver, Mike Bryant | November 21, 2009 10:42 PM

What Caused The Austin Bus To Crash?, Mike Bryant | November 19, 2009 9:42 PM

Two Dead In Austin Bus Crash, Mike Bryant | November 19, 2009 12:31 AM

This week the Freeborn County attorney announced that there will be no criminal charges. Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said that Erickson suffered a "fairly rapid onset" of internal bleeding in his esophagus that caused a "significant loss of blood."

As to the issue of civil liability, there will undoubtedly be questions of if the medical issue was an act of God or was foreseeable for the driver or his employer. Investigation will play a important part in making that determination

Update : what happened with the case?

Minnesota I-90 Bus Rollover Settled, Charles James (Jim) Suk | September 16, 2011 5:30 PM


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    I think this blog points out the distinction between potential criminal and civil liability for the same act – sometimes both, sometimes neither, sometimes civil but not criminal. Also – a criminal case can sometimes help a civil plaintiff (with proofs); but sometimes can hurt as well, when it comes to insurance coverage (lackig for intentional criminal acts). These kinds of factors make it important to have a good personal injury lawyer on your side, if injured.

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    Yes, there can be a big difference. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.