Culver CityBus Accident: Pedestrian Killed In Culver City Bus Accident By Sepulveda Boulevard and Centinela Avenue
CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA (December 11, 2020) – A pedestrian has tragically died in a Culver City bus accident near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Centinela Avenue.
Culver City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 12:55 p.m. on Monday. A Culver CityBus struck the pedestrian and knocked them to the ground.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. They was taken to a local hospital but later died due to her injuries.
Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to Lieutenant Andrew Bellante at (310) 253-6316.
Liability In Culver City Bus Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured in bus accidents every year. According to the FMCSA, “In 2018, 5,096 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 1-percent increase from 2017. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 48 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2018 number is still 3 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005.” Many different factors could contribute to bus accidents:
- Driver distraction
- Dangerous left turns
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
All bus drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence.” Pedestrians are more likely to be overlooked for a number of reasons:
- They have a naturally small profile
- They often do not have reflective clothing
- Many crosswalks are poorly lit
Bus companies are considered common carriers under the law and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Common carriers are companies – public or private – that transport goods and people for a fee. Common carriers are abound to use the highest levels of care in order to prevent collisions. There are a number of measures that bus companies can take in order to help keep pedestrians safe:
- All bus drivers should receive adequate training. Driving a bus is very different from driving a car.
- Bus drivers should always check their blind spots, especially before making turns.
- Bus drivers should get periodic medical exams and be well rested. The CDC estimates that driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
If a bus driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian they will typically be held at fault. Moreover, the company or state that the bus drivers work for could be held at fault. Government entities are usually liable for the negligent actions of their drivers. This is known as vicarious liability. Depending on the facts of any case liability for a bus accident may extend beyond any driver.
A city could also face liability for a car accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. For example, and intersection or road could be in a dangerous condition for many different reasons.
- An intersection could lack safety features like street lights or stop signs
- An intersection could have an obstructed line of sight
- A road could have potholes or other defects that cause pedestrians to trip
The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what happened.
Investigating A Culver City Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this stretch of road safer.
Do you need more information about a Culver City 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 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.