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DELANO: Gabina Lagroma Killed In Bus Accident By The Intersection Of 11th Avenue and Glenwood Street


Jul 8, 2019

Gabina Lagroma Delano: Gabina Lagroma Killed In Delano Bus Accident By The Intersection Of 11th Avenue and Glenwood Street

DELANO, CALIFORNIA (July 8, 2019) – A 78-year-old woman identified as Gabina Lagroma has tragically died in a bus accident near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Glenwood Street. 

Delano police are saying that the bus accident took place around 3:42 p.m. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the bus accident in order to help Gabina Lagroma.

She was transported to Kern Medical with critical injuries and was later pronounced dead around 6:26 p.m. The driver of the bus remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. 

An investigation into the bus accident that killed Gabina Lagroma remains ongoing at this time. 

Risk Factors Associated With Bus Accidents

Nearly 5,000 people are killed in accidents every year with buses and trucks. According to the NCBI, there are a number of risk factors positively associated with bus accidents. According to their report these include: 

  • (i) for young bus drivers under the age of 25
  • (ii) for drivers beyond the age of 55, and most prominently for drivers over 65 years old
  • (iii) for female drivers
  • (iv) for very high (over 65 mph) and very low (under 20 mph) speed limits
  • (v) at intersections
  • (vi) because of inattentive and risky driving.

Intersections can be especially dangerous for pedestrians. Buses have blind spots that are large enough to make SUVs disappear. It’s easy for a pedestrian to be obscured or for a driver to be distracted as they are making a turn. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of negligence for a bus accident. 

Liability For Bus Accidents

Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are therefore held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” Depending on who owned  the bus there could be multiple sources of negligence. 

If the bus in an accident was owned by a city then that city could face civil liability for the accident. Determining negligence in a bus accident can be a difficult proposition. It’s important to know what a bus driver was doing prior to the crash or if they were possibly distracted. If they were speeding or failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian the bus driver will likely be found at fault. If, for example, an intersection was in a dangerous condition a the time of an accident a city could also be found at fault, even if the bus driver was not negligent in their conduct.

According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.” The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages may include aid for funeral expenses, emotional trauma, lost wages and loss of love. A bus accident attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting A Free Police Report After A Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Gabina Lagroma as they are going through such a difficult time. We strongly encourage any person that may have seen what happened to reach out to the Delano Police Department at (661) 721-3377. It is our sincere hope that police will get to the bottom of what happened. 

Have you or someone that you love been involved in a bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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