Cecilia Roan Redding: Cecilia Roan Injured In Redding Enterprise High School School Bus Accident Along Bechelli Lane and South Bonnieview Road
REDDING, CALIFORNIA (March 16, 2020) – A 13-year-old girl identified as Cecilia Roan was one of two students who suffered serious injuries from a school bus accident that took place near the intersection of Bechelli Lane and South Bonnieview Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the collision occurred as the bus headed to Enterprise High School’s agricultural program facility. For reasons that remain under investigation the 61-year-old school bus driver allegedly ran a red light.
The school bus apparently hit another vehicle the intersection. “No one was really paying attention and then like we hear this big crash and I remember banging my head back,” said Cecilia Roan. Another student sustained injuries as well.
It remains unclear how many people in the car involved were injured. An investigation into the Enterprise High School bus accident that injured Cecilia Roan remains ongoing.
Liability In Redding School Bus Accidents
School buses are normally very safe. But many also lack seat belts and leave students vulnerable. According to USA Today, “On average, NHTSA reported, about 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. Of those, 8% are riding in the buses. Pedestrians, bicyclists and others outside the bus account for 21% of fatalities.” There are a number of factors that often contribute to school bus accidents including:
- Driver intoxication
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
Fatigue, in particular, is one of the leading causes of bus and truck accidents. In fact, the CDC estimates that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Staying awake for only 18 hours reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05%. Nearly 6,000 fatal crashes occur every year due to drowsy driving. Bus drivers are limited in the number of hours that they can work, but these rules not always followed.
There is nothing stopping a bus driver from taking a part time job in addition to their role as a bus driver. Accordingly, they may naturally get fatigued over time like everyone else. It’s important that bus drivers are properly interviewed after an accident. Most intersections have traffic cameras that can capture what a bus driver was doing immediately before a collision.
If a bus driver runs a red light they will typically be found at fault for an accident. According to California Vehicle Code 21453, “A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in subdivision (b).” Victims of school bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are the most serious that a person can face following an accident. According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue due to a blow to the head, resulting from an assault, a car crash, a gunshot wound, a fall, or the like.” There are many symptoms commonly associated with TBI including:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours.
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Convulsions or seizures.
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes.
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears.
The lifetime medical costs associated with treating traumatic brain injuries is often very high. According to Northwestern University, “The lifetime costs of a patient’s treatment for a traumatic brain injury are estimated to run from $85,000 to $3 million.” It’s important that accident victims continue to seek follow up care. If a person fails to seek follow up care, insurance providers will often use this as evidence to say that a person either wasn’t injured or wasn’t injured that badly. Victims of school bus accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more people to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Most accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Redding School Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Cecilia Roan and all of those that were injured in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a preventable accident that should not have happened. Was the bus driver distracted or just not paying attention? There needs to be some accountability.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free police report about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.