At least 15 people were injured in an Anaheim bus accident after the driver of a pickup truck slammed into an OCTA bus the afternoon of Jan. 24. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred near the intersection of Katella Avenue and Douglass Road. Officials say the pickup truck that was exiting the northbound 57 Freeway collided with the OCTA bus. Several were transported to area hospitals with what were described as “moderate injuries.”
None of the injuries is believed to be life threatening. Firefighters had to rescue at least one person from the cabin of the pickup. Officials said they were not able to perform a field sobriety test on the pickup truck’s driver, a 29-year-old Indiana woman. However, officials suspect she may have been under the influence of drugs at the time. The suspect was also hospitalized with injuries, but arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was injured in this crash. It is indeed fortunate that no one has suffered life-threatening injuries. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Statistics and the Law
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 19 fatalities and 2,387 injuries reported in the city of Anaheim as a result of traffic accidents. Also, during the same year, 64 people died and 1,310 were injured due to accidents involving drivers who were operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. That includes recreational drugs, medical marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.
Justice for Victims
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If the driver of a bus is determined to have been at fault, both the driver and his or her employer can be held liable. Bus companies – public and private – owe the utmost duty of care to their passengers, which means they responsible for the safe transit of their passengers.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk or drugged driver, please contact an experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your losses.