Man Killed In Oakland Bus Accident On Interstate 80 By The Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (June 23, 2020) – A man has tragically died in a bus accident while walking along the Interstate 80 Freeway near the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:50 a.m. on Friday. For reasons that remain under investigation an AC Transit bus hit the victim as he was crossing the road.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures the victim later died due to his injuries.
The driver of the bus remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. CHP are asking anyone that may have seen what happened to reach out to their Oakland office at 510-457-2875.
Liability In Oakland Bus Accidents
Buses pose a number of unique hazards for pedestrians. They are heavy with large blind spots and take a long time to stop. According to the FMCSA, “Of the 4,600 drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2017, 270 (6 percent) were 25 years of age or younger, and 299 (6 percent) were 66 years of age or older. In comparison, 3 (1 percent) of the 230 drivers of buses in fatal crashes were 25 years of age or younger, and 33 (14 percent) were 66 years of age or older.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a bus accident including:
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take into their vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a very cautious person towards their passengers. Such carriers are responsible for any,even the slightest, negligence and are required to do all that human care,vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under all the circumstances.” Bus drivers must do everything in their power to avoid accidents.
All drivers must take measures in order to avoid hitting pedestrians even when they are outside of lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” Victims of bus accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. Negligence is simply the failure to act with reasonable care necessary to avoid accidents. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Oakland Transit Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and information they deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.