A Los Angeles bus accident involving a Metro bus and a car left eight people injured. According to a KABC news report, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, the morning of September 2, 2012. Police said the bus that was traveling westbound on Venice Boulevard had a green light at Spaulding Avenue, but an eastbound driver turned in front of the bus. The bus driver was unable to avoid the collision. Emergency personnel took six people from the bus and two from the other vehicle to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. The nature or extent of the victims’ injuries is not known. The investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this Los Angeles car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Collision Statistics
According to the 2010 California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 deaths and 24,561 injuries involving traffic accidents in Los Angeles. Countywide, traffic collisions claimed 530 lives and injured 50,513 people, during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the other vehicle made a left turn in front of the Metro bus and may have failed to yield the right of way. California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In this particular case, if the driver of the other vehicle is determined to have made an unsafe turn, then, he or she can be held liable for the victims’ injuries. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Bus accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.