Student Bicyclist Injured In Stanford Bus Accident By Santa Teresa Street and Lomita Drive
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (April 10, 2021) – A student bicyclist was injured in a car accident near the intersection of Santa Teresa Street and Lomita Drive.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 6:19 p.m. on Wednesday. A Marguerite bus struck the bicyclist and knocked them to the ground.
The Palo Alto Fire Department was called to the scene of the intersection in order to help the victim. The student was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Police officials interviewed the driver of the bus in order to determine what happened. Anyone that may have witnessed the crash should reach out to the Palo Alto police department.
Liability In Stanford Bus Accidents
Nearly 36,000 people are killed every year in car accidents. A substantial portion of these accidents involve buses. 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. ” There are a number of factors that make commercial buses particularly dangerous.
- Buses have large blind spots and many accidents are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Bus drivers are trained to check their blind spots but this does not always happen.
- Buses have extremely long stopping distances. If a bus driver is distracted even for a second this could lead to an accident.
- Bus drivers are often forced to work long hours and can naturally become fatigued.
Bust drivers must exercise due care and take all measures that they can in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Bus companies are also considered “common carriers” under the law. 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].” Victims of Palo Alto bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a bus driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Palo Alto Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the student bicyclist injured in this bus accident. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Palo Alto police department. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to make this intersection safer for all of the Stanford students, faculty and other pedestrians that use it.
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 get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. 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.