One person was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a vehicle collided with a school bus, the morning of March 28, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the bus accident occurred in the 14600 block of Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys. Officials say a school bus containing a few students collided with a smaller vehicle. No one on the bus was injured but an occupant of the car was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The incident remains under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this Los Angeles school bus accident. I am relieved to hear no students were hurt and I wish the victim the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in the city of Los Angeles, 227 people were killed and 25,043 were injured in car accidents. Countywide, 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries occurred as a result of car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Injury Accident?
This news article raises more questions than it answers. Did the accident occur at an intersection? Did the bus driver attempt to merge after picking up students without properly looking for traffic? Was either motorist speeding, driving distracted, operating a vehicle while fatigued, or otherwise negligent? If it is determined that the school bus driver was negligent at the time of the accident, then, the bus driver as well as his or her employer may be held liable for the injuries suffered by the victim.
A bus accident victim would be well advised to discuss his or her legal options with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, financial compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages and benefits, the cost of rehabilitation services, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The best personal injury lawyers will always provide a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.