Two people are suing Emilio Inc, the company of Tejano star Emilio Navaira for injuries they sustained during a tour bus crash in Texas in March. Navaira, who was driving the bus, lost control of the vehicle that slammed into traffic barrels. The singer suffered a life threatening traumatic brain injury that put him in a coma. He is slowly recovering.
Grupo Rio band drummer Daniel Sandoval, who suffered head and back injuries from the bus accident, and Pedro Perez, who is the grandfather of one of the band members, are the plaintiffs of the personal injury lawsuit. They are seeking unspecified damages.
The 45-year-old Tejano star reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19—over twice the legal limit—at the time of the crash. Police also say he was not properly trained to drive the tour bus. He was also reportedly tired when driving that night after performing at a Houston Club.
Navaira, has two previous arrests for DWI. Since he signed a form saying he does not own a car, he did not have to install an alcohol-detection device in his motor vehicle.
Bus drivers must have the experience and training to properly operate these large motor vehicles. Most buses are not equipped with seat belts and bus drivers are responsible for safely transporting a large number of passengers in their vehicles.
Passengers in cars and on motorcycles, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, are often at a disadvantage when involved in a collision with a bus because, like trucks, buses are a lot larger and weigh a lot more and the impact of being struck by one of these vehicles is often catastrophic.
2 sue Tejano star Emilio over Houston crash, Houston.com, June 3, 2008
Musicians Sue Emilio’s Company For Personal Injury, Click2Houston.com, June 3, 2008
Doctors: If He Survives, Grammy-Winning Tejano Singer Emilio Navaira Faces Long Recovery, FoxNews.com, March 25, 2008
Related Web Resource:
Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics , Umich.edu
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