A pregnant woman and 10 others suffered injuries in a Los Angeles car accident involving a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury bus accident occurred the night of June 14, 2011, near West Adams Boulevard and 6th Avenue, in Jefferson Park. A 30-year-old female driver suffered critical injuries when her car collided with the bus. The 25-year-old pregnant woman on the bus suffered serious injuries, while her three daughters suffered minor injuries. Six other passengers ranging in age from 18 to 65 also sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this Los Angeles bus accident. I wish everyone affected by this crash a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries occurred as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Crash?
This article raises more questions than it answers. Which driver was responsible for the crash? Did one of the vehicles fail to obey a red light at the intersection? Did the driver of the bus or car make an unsafe lane change? Was either driver distracted or speeding? Did fatigued driving play a part in this collision? Did one of the vehicles fail to yield right-of-way at the intersection?
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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the car caused the accident, then, she could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If the bus driver caused the accident, then, both the driver and his or her employer, the transit authority, can be held financially responsible for the damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be properly filed within six months of the incident.
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