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November 10, 2014

Elderly Couple Struck and Injured in Santa Ana OCTA Bus Accident

An elderly couple was struck and injured by an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus while walking in a crosswalk in Santa Ana the night of November 5, 2014.

According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Ross and Fourth streets.

Police say the man in his 70s and the woman in her 60s were walking in the crosswalk on

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June 12, 2014

Girl Injured in Newport Beach Prom Party Bus Crash

Charlotte Boyse, 17, a senior at Corona del Mar High School, was injured after she fell out of a prom-bound party bus the night of June 6, 2014.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, state regulators had ordered the party bus operator to stop its unlicensed operations in April, about six weeks before this incident.

In addition, the California Public Utilities Commission's enforcement division had denied

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March 7, 2014

Seven Injured in Los Angeles Metro Bus Crash

At least seven people were injured in a Los Angeles bus accident, which officials say, was caused by an SUV driver who was under the influence. According to a KTLA news report, the SUV bounced off a concrete road barrier and plowed head-on into a Metro bus at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Mason Avenue in Winnetka. The 30-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Both drivers and five bus passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They are believed to be in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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December 16, 2013

Greyhound Settles with Family of Passenger Killed in Fresno Bus Accident

Greyhound Lines Inc. has reached a $2.1 million settlement with the family of one of its passengers, who was killed in a 2010 bus crash on Highway 99 in Fresno. According to a news report in The Fresno Bee, the fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of July 22, 2010 in the northbound lanes of the highway near McKinley Avenue in central Fresno. The Greyhound bus struck an overturned SUV on the freeway, careened down an embankment and crashed into a tree. Greyhound has already settled a number of lawsuits brought by passengers who were on that bus and has several others pending.

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November 25, 2013

Department of Transportation Failed to Keep Unsafe Tour Buses Off Highways

The federal agency, which investigates fatal highway crashes, has criticized the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to keep unsafe tour buses off highways. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made his criticism after investigators determined that a fatal February tour bus crash near Big Bear that left eight people dead was due to faulty brakes. Investigators said regular inspections of tour buses would have caught such an egregious safety violation and taken that bus off the road.

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September 25, 2013

Orange County Residents Injured in Casino Bus Crash

Eight people were injured in a San Diego bus accident when a Harrah's casino tour bus crashes into a yard on Valley Center Road. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the accident occurred the morning of September 19, 2013. The victims, who were in their 60s or older, suffered minor to moderate injuries, including broken bones. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The bus that was carrying 15 people including the driver started its trip in Seal Beach in Orange County and was headed to the casino.

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September 3, 2013

55 Injured in Irwindale Casino Charter Bus Crash

A total of 55 people were injured in a charter bus crash when a casino-bound bus overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury crash occurred the morning of August 22, 2013 on the eastbound lanes of the 605 Freeway interchange. Witnesses told officials at they saw the bus brake hard in the far left lane before it ended up on its side on the freeway's shoulder several lanes to the rights. Aerial footage showed skid marks streaking across the freeway behind the crash site.

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February 13, 2013

Inspectors Order Bus Company Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered that a bus company operating between Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico, be shut down after a crash that killed eight people, according to a report by ABC News.

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February 11, 2013

Feds Shut Down Bus Company Involved in Fatal Crash Near Yucaipa

Federal officials have shut down the company whose tour bus went out of control before a catastrophic collision with two other vehicles on February 3, 2013. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, federal officials said the bus company is an "imminent hazard" to public safety after finding mechanical problems with its other buses. Eight people, including seven passengers, were killed in that bus crash that occurred near Yucaipa. The victims who were killed in this crash have been identified as Fred B. Richardon, 72; Guadalupe Olivas, 61; Elvira Garcia Jimenez, 40; Victor Cabrera Garcia, 13; Aleida Adriana Arce Hernandez, 38, Rubicelia Escobedo Flores, 34; Liliana Camerina Sanchez Sauceda, 24; and Mario Garcia Santoyo, 32.

In addition, U.S. Department of Transportation investigators determined that Tijuana-based Scapadas Magicas provided them with documentation during a January compliance check that falsely stated that its buses were well maintained and that its drivers were properly licensed.

Bus Company Lied to Inspectors

It is not rare for a bus company to get caught lying to officials on these important matters, a federal official told The Press-Enterprise. The Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol periodically do compliance reviews of bus companies. During these reviews, investigators will make unscheduled visits to review licenses, medical certificates, driver logs and maintenance records as well as result of drug and alcohol testing programs.

CHP officers may conduct random inspections in the field usually at the bus company or terminal to verify documentation. An officer has the power to take a bus out of service on the spot if he or she decides it is in poor mechanical shape or that the driver is not properly licensed. Scapadas Magicas supplied documentation to officials in January suggesting no problems. But when officials inspected two other buses that the company operates in the United States, they found serious mechanical safety violations.

Rights of Victims and Families

It is critical that those who have been injured or have lost loved ones in this tragic bus crash contact an experienced California bus accident attorney who will strive to preserve important evidence in this case and hold the bus company accountable. It is appalling that this bus company gambled with the lives of its passengers and apparently, did so routinely. I'm relieved that federal officials have banned this company from operating, at least for now.

February 6, 2013

MTA Bus Accident Kills One, Injures One in West Hollywood

mta-bus-accident.jpgAn 81-year-old man was killed and a 50-year-old man was critically injured after both were struck by an MTA bus while they were crossing an intersection in West Hollywood. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred the night of February 4, 2013 at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Palm Avenue. The driver of the MTA bus told officials that he was driving the vehicle back to the depot at the end of the shift when the collision occurred. The elderly man died while the younger man has been hospitalized in critical condition. The driver underwent a toxicology test. No passengers were on board the bus at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities

In West Hollywood, two pedestrians were killed and 50 were injured as a result of auto accidents in 2010, according to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 195 people died and 4,535 were injured due to pedestrian versus vehicle collisions.

Crosswalk Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that the men were crossing at the intersection of Palm and Santa Monica Boulevard, where there are painted crosswalks. It is not clear why the MTA bus driver did not stop and yield the right-of-way to the pedestrians. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950, motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk "shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."

Who is Liable?

I trust officials are looking into whether the bus driver was intoxicated, drowsy, speeding or distracted when this collision occurred. If the bus driver is determined to have been at fault, he and his employer could be held liable for the elderly pedestrian's wrongful death and the serious injuries caused to the other pedestrian. If a dangerous roadway or intersection caused this collision, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

September 4, 2012

Metro Bus Crash in Los Angeles Leaves Eight Injured

A Los Angeles bus accident involving a Metro bus and a car left eight people injured. According to a KABC news report, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, the morning of September 2, 2012. Police said the bus that was traveling westbound on Venice Boulevard had a green light at Spaulding Avenue, but an eastbound driver turned in front of the bus. The bus driver was unable to avoid the collision. Emergency personnel took six people from the bus and two from the other vehicle to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. The nature or extent of the victims' injuries is not known. The investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the injured victims of this Los Angeles car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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August 29, 2012

Bicyclist Injured in Baldwin Park Bus Accident

A 70-year-old man was severely injured in a Baldwin Park accident when a bus struck his bicycle. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the collision occurred at the intersection of Ramona Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Drive in Baldwin Park, the evening of August 27, 2012. Officials say the bicyclist was in a crosswalk when the southbound bus turned east and struck him. The victim was transported to a nearby medical center in stable condition. It is not clear if the bus driver will be cited for the crash.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this Los Angeles bicycle accident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

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August 9, 2012

Metro Bus Crash Injures More Than a Dozen in Palms

At least 16 people were injured in a West Los Angeles bus crash after the driver of an SUV crossed the center divider and crashed into the bus. According to a CBS news report, the injury crash occurred the evening of August 8, 2012 in the 9700 block of Venice Boulevard. The driver of the SUV was seriously injured. A pickup truck was also involved in the crash. Fifteen people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The drivers of the SUV and the pickup truck were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Officials are looking into the cause of this collision.

My heart goes out to the injured victims of this three-vehicle collision. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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July 24, 2012

Four Injured in Downtown Los Angeles Bus Accident

Four people were injured in a Los Angeles traffic collision that involved two vehicles and a Metro bus. According to a news report in Blog Downtown, the injury collision occurred the morning of July 23, 2012 in the 700 block of Figueroa Street. The report states that a Metro Silver Line bus that was northbound on Figueroa hit a car that was moving around the bus to make a right turn. The car that was hit by the bus then struck another adjacent vehicle. The bus driver and three passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are looking into what caused this crash.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car versus bus accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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June 15, 2012

School Bus Accident in Gardena Involves Suspected Drunk Driver

Five children were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a vehicle collided with their school bus. According to a KTLA news report, the bus accident occurred at the intersection of South Main Street and 157th Street in Gardena, the afternoon of June 14, 2012. Officials say a Mitsubishi Eclipse was making a right onto 157th Street when it collided with the school bus sending the bus crashing into the wall of a building on South Main Street. Police say that female driver of the Eclipse had alcohol on her breath and appeared to be intoxicated. She is expected to be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. None of the injuries is believed to be life threatening.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured children. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. It is indeed fortunate that none of them suffered critical injuries.

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