Bus accident in El Segundo leaves 3 critically injured
EL SEGUNDO, CA (June 27, 2022) – A bus accident in El Segundo near LAX left three people critically injured according to ABC 7 News.
El Segundo Fire Chief Deena Lee reports that a semi-truck was parked on the side of the road near Imperial Highway and Douglas Street when it was struck by the bus.
The semi-truck’s driver was offloading a scissor lift from the truck when the LADOT bus carrying 19 people crashed into the truck.
Fire Chief Lee said that the bus driver was in critical condition and sent to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for treatment. Two passengers suffered critical injuries as well, and two others with moderate injuries.
The force of the bus accident’s impact caused the vehicle to roll over onto its side, although the cause of the crash is still unknown and is under investigation.
There is also no word on the whether the truck driver unloading equipment was affected by the crash, or the condition he is in.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
Liability In El Segundo Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An El Segundo Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes for the bus driver and the injured passengers and hope for a speedy recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a El Segundo bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.