Bus accident in Baldwin Park involving multiple vehicles leaves several injured

Posted: May 17, 2022

BALDWIN PARK, CA (May 10, 2022) – A Baldwin Park bus accident involving several vehicles left many injured and taken to the hospital on Friday night. 

Police responded to the accident around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Ramona Boulevard and Downing Avenue where at least three vehicles had collided with each other.

At least four were injured in the crash, including one person with critical injuries and head trauma. Two others were reported to have minor to moderate injuries and were also taken to the hospital.

The violent crash sent debris flying to nearby train tracks, forcing a Metrolink train to stop at the tracks. 

Dozens of officers arrived to contain the scene and investigate the crash. Police officers advised commuters to avoid the area and find alternate routes. 

No other details about the crash were available at the time of this report, and the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

Liability In Baldwin Park Bus Accidents

Buses are among the safest forms of transportation that a person can take. But they do pose a number of safety hazards for people in passenger vehicles and pedestrians. For example, buses have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians in the roadway. Buses also weigh substantially more than passenger vehicles. Even a low speed collision can result in catastrophic injuries. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to bus accidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inclement weather

Buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a 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].” When a bus driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian they could be held at fault through a civil claim. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries

Any person that is injured in a bus accident may be entitled to financial compensation. Damages 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 civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.

Investigating A Baldwin Park Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our best wishes to the commuters injured in this Baldwin Park bus accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent similar collisions.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Baldwin Park bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to under the law. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.

 

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