A woman was injured in a San Francisco car accident involving a runaway Muni bus. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the injury bus accident occurred on San Jose Avenue near Mission Street in Daly City the evening of April 17, 2011. Investigators are trying to determine if the bus was being driven at the time of the accident, or if the vehicle was improperly parked and rolled down the roadway. The female driver of the car that the bus slammed into sustained non-life-threatening injuries. However, she had to be extricated from her vehicle. An investigation is ongoing.
I’m relieved to hear that the victim of this bus accident did not suffer major or fatal injuries. I wish her the very best for a complete and speedy recovery. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 248 were injured in Daly City car accidents. During that same year, there were 36 fatalities and 2,673 injuries reported due to San Mateo County car accidents.
Repeat of Muni Injury Accident
Based on the news report, this is apparently the second time in three months that a San Francisco Muni bus has rolled down a hill and caused a crash. An earlier accident occurred on January 20, 2011 when a driver left his bus parked and unattended near San Jose Avenue and Mission Street. The runaway bus then crashed into five parked cars injuring one of the drivers.
Fault and Liability
In this most recent incident, it is not clear if the driver was in the bus or if he or she had left the bus unattended. If this accident was the result of driver negligence or if it was the result of poor vehicle maintenance, the transit authority can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. If this was an issue of a defective product, then the manufacturer of the faulty product can also be held liable.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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