A 47-year-old driver was killed in a Los Angeles bus accident after she apparently crashed the bus into a fire hydrant. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the accident occurred the morning of December 9, 2009 at Normandie Avenue and 220th Street in Carson, when the bus went out-of-control, broke off a fire hydrant and knocked down several poles. The driver of the bus was pronounced dead at the scene, possibly due to a cardiac arrest. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the woman’s cardiac arrest preceded the crash or occurred after the accident. There were four passengers on board the City of Gardena municipal bus. Thankfully, none of the passengers was injured.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the bus driver who sustained fatal injuries in this crash. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.
Bus Accident Statistics
According to statistics released by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, during a five-year period between 2002 and 2006, 317 buses were involved in fatal traffic accidents each year. The study also showed that buses owned or operated for a school district were the most common operator type and accounted for 38.5 percent of all fatal bus accidents during the five-year period. Urban transit authority buses represent the second most frequent bus type for fatal accidents, averaging 32.6 percent over these five years.
What Caused this Fatal Bus Accident?
In this particular case, it is not clear what caused the fatal bus accident. Did the driver suffer a medical condition, which caused her to lose control of the bus? If she did suffer the cardiac arrest after the collision or impact, why did she crash in the first place? I trust car accident investigators will be asking these questions in this case. The report states that none of the passengers was injured.
But if it turns out that a passenger did sustain injuries, the city of Gardena (which operates the municipal bus), could be held liable for those injuries. Please remember that any claim against a city or governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to help protect the rights of accident victims in such cases and advise them about their legal rights and options.
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