Six People Injured In South Los Angeles Metro Bus Accident By Florence Avenue and Miramonte Boulevard
SOUTH LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2020) – At least six people were injured in a metro bus accident near the intersection of Florence Avenue and Miramonte Boulevard.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday. For reasons that remain under investigation a metro bus crashed into a pole.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help all of the victims. A total of six people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the cause of the bus accident.
Liability In Los Angeles Bus Accidents
Buses are among the safest forms of transportation available. But accidents do still occur. According to the FMCSA, “On average, from 2007 to 2017, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 40 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes.” There are a number of factors that commonly contribute to bus accidents:
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Drug use
- Brake failure
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are therefore held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” There are many steps that bus companies must take to help prevent accidents.
- Bus drivers must get a commercial license
- Bus companies must provide their drivers with adequate training
- Bus drivers must not begin their shifts with a BAC of 0.02% or higher
All bus drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” There is simply no reason that a bus should ever hit a pole. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries.
The FMCSA requires commercial buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims.
Investigating A Los Angeles Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this bus accident. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all of those affected.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.