An attorney from
The bus was carrying 46 team members and others associated with
Police have said that a tire problem caused the crash. But why the tire failed remains unclear.
So far, no lawsuits or other legal action has been initiated and a three-tiered investigation by the
Hodge said that dozens of investigations into similar crashes usually show that crashes were preventable through proper maintenance.
Hodge said he contacted
"We are certainly focusing on the condition of the tire," Hodge said in a telephone interview Friday.
Hodge's firm has placed advertisements in The Herald this week, saying that his legal team is already investigating the crash. More, Hodge will travel to
In 2014, the last year
Investigators with both federal and state governments, and likely insurance carriers and other private firms, will want to know whether the bus and the tires were properly maintained, said
Additionally, investigators will determine if the bus was properly licensed for the transport it provided that day, the training and licensing of the driver, if he was driving carefully, and if federal and state laws were followed that day, Smith said.
The trip details, and the relationship among the driver, the riders and other details also will be looked into, Smith said.
The seeking of clients by law firms is legal after decades ago lawyers successfully challenged laws barring them from advertising, said
"If they get one client, one case, it could pay off," McKinney said.
As for the case itself, McKinney said that proving tire defect or any other alleged problem could be "very difficult," and experts on all sides could voice different findings. However, a full investigation -- where attorneys should be involved as soon as possible to protect their clients' rights -- may show what happened in the crash and if rules and laws were followed, McKinney said..
Some bus crash verdicts across the country have yielded multi-million dollar verdicts for those injured or killed.
"This is the kind of case where a plaintiff likely would be seeking millions," McKinney said.
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