Greyhound Driver Arrested After Fresno Bus Accident On Highway 99 near Highway 180
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (March 23, 2019) – A Greyhound bus driver was arrested following a bus accident after hitting a guardrail by Highway 99 near Highway 180.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident first took place around 9:30 a.m. There were a total of 35 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident.
A total of 10 people were injured in the crash and the bus driver has since been charged with DUI. Greyhound sent another bus to pick up the passengers following the crash.
The road was partially closed as the investigation continued.
Liability In DUI Bus Accidents
Bus companies like Greyhound are considered common carriers under the law. Their drivers must be extra cautious in order to keep passengers safe. 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].”
According to FMCSA regulations, the blood alcohol limit for commercial drivers is 0.04. This stands in contrast to the 0.08 limit adopted by California and many other states. Any bus driver that chooses to drink and get behind the wheel may face civil and criminal liability. Victims of bus accidents will be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident lawyer can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this bus accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It’s important that bus drivers understand how medication might affect their ability to drive safely. In many circumstances, commercial drivers don’t use alcohol but can still have their driving ability compromised through prescriptions or medicine purchased over the counter. There needs to be some accountability on the part of Greyhound for what has happened.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a bus accident? You may have legal recourse. our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that our clients are justly compensated for their injuries. Whether you’re thinking about hiring an attorney or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.