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Five Injured in San Diego Car Accident Involving School Bus


One adult and four people under 18 were involved in a San Diego car accident as a car driven by a teenager crashed into a school bus, in Valley Center. According to a 10news report, the collision occurred the morning of May 7, 2010, when a 2005 Nissan Altima, southbound on Lilac Road, crossed into the path of an oncoming school bus. California Highway Patrol officials said that the 16-year-old boy driving the car sustained injuries to his nose and also a sore arm. The 62-year-old driver of the school bus and three of her passengers sustained injuries including head and neck pain. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident. They do not believe alcohol or drugs were factor in this crash.

I sympathize with the victims of this bus accident. I sincerely hope no one was seriously injured and pray for their speedy recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego. Countywide, car accidents claimed 246 lives and injured 13,527 people during the same year.

Causes and Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the 16-year-old driver of the Nissan Altima caused this car accident by losing control his car. However, it is not clear how or why he lost control of the car and drove into the path of the school bus. It is indeed fortunate that neither the teen nor the school bus driver or passengers sustained more serious personal injuries given the impact of the crash. I would be curious to find out whether the teenager was distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. It is also a possibility that inexperience coupled with poor judgment led to this accident.

In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the accident and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, hospitalization, therapy, rehabilitation and other related expenses. In this particular case, if the parents of the injured children file a claim against the school district, that should be done within 180 days of the accident or injury. If the teen driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable as well. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and confidential consultation to injured victims and their families.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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