Two people were injured in a Riverside car accident after a Riverside Transit Authority bus and a semi-truck collided. The injury accident occurred the morning of January 4, 2011 at the intersection of Market Street and Mission Inn Avenue. There were no passengers on the bus. Both the bus driver and the truck driver sustained injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening. Riverside Transit Authority officials say the bus had the green light as it entered the intersection, based on evidence from a surveillance camera onboard the bus. An investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that both drivers involved escaped without major injuries. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 19 fatalities and 1,618 injuries involving car accidents were reported in the city of Riverside. Countywide, 220 people died and 8,561 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in 2008. Also, during the same year, there were 304 fatal truck accidents and 3,196 injury crashes involving trucks, in California.
Based on this news report, it appears that the accident occurred at an intersection, which is controlled by traffic lights. Transit authority officials say their bus driver, a 20-year veteran with a good record, entered the intersection on a green light. If that is true, then the truck driver either failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection or ran a red light.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” Running a red light is also a serious traffic violation under California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a).
Fault and Liability
If the truck driver is determined to have been at fault, then the driver as well as his or her employer could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Since the bus driver was on the job at the time, he could also seek workers compensation benefits from his employer, the transit authority. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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