As we note on our personal injury website at the law firm of Scott J. Corwin in Los Angeles, public transportation providers (taxis, train, planes, buses and so forth) “are held to a higher degree of responsibility than ordinary motor vehicle drivers.”

And that is for good reason, of course, as we point out in an online discussion of common carriers and passengers’ expectations regarding their operation. Individuals who hand over money and leave the driving to a paid professional reasonably assume that they are in safe hands.

Sadly, that isn’t always the case, of course, with regularly recurring reports in California and across the country imparting tragic news that stems directly from accident-inducing negligence. Sometimes that breach in due care relates to the faulty maintenance of a vehicle. A primary crash catalyst can just as often owe to human factors such as a driver’s alcohol/drug impairment or excessive fatigue.

Indeed, fatigue appears to have been a material factor in a commercial bus crash that killed two passengers yesterday near San Jose, following a Greyhound bus collision with some highway safety barrels that precipitated a vehicle rollover. The bus was en route from Los Angeles to Oakland.

News accounts surfacing in the following hours of the crash related that 18 other people were injured in the accident. Not all material crash-related details are yet known, with officials indicating that their investigation is still active.

“He had mentioned that he was fatigued,” stated a California Highway Patrol officer who interviewed the bus driver following the fatal accident.