Passengers injured in Sunday’s tour bus crash near the Four Corners area of Utah have hired a Scottsdale law firm to represent them.
“It’s important that the injured and their loved ones be able to focus on and spend time with each other as they start to heal, physically and emotionally from this accident,” attorney Scott A. Maasen said in a prepared statement. “We want to do whatever we can to support these families in that recovery.”
Maasen and attorney Jeffrey R. Gill of Scottsdale-based MG Law Group will represent the families, according to a news release from the firm.
Amy Romano, a spokeswoman for the firm, said Maasen met with the families Thursday morning at a Flagstaff hospital. Romano did not immediately know which families the firm was representing.
The bus plunged 41 feet down an embankment and rolled several times Sunday night. The impact sheared off the roof, ejecting most of the 51 passengers, who were returning to the Valley from a ski trip to Telluride, Colo.
Nine passengers died in the crash, and at least 23 people were injured. Among the dead were Gilbert resident Jeffrey Rivera, 32, and Joseph DeBolske, a senior at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.
“As important as it is to help these families unite and begin to heal, it should be noted that much of that healing will come from finding answers to the myriad questions related to why this accident happened,” Maasen said in the prepared statement.
Federal investigators said Wednesday they were picking over the wreckage and trying to salvage a data recorder to determine why the vehicle tumbled off the remote highway.
MG Law Group is a plaintiffs injury firm specializing in trucking and bus cases, according to the news release.