Los Angeles Bus Accident In Chinatown: Metro Bus Accident In Los Angeles On North Hill Street Injured Six People
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (July 11, 2019) – Six people were injured in a Metro Bus Accident In Chinatown on North Hill Street.
Los Angeles police are saying that the bus accident took place around 10:40 a.m. on July 10th. At least one other vehicle was involved in the accident.
A total of six people were injured and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. One person was listed in critical condition following the bus accident.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.
Liability In Los Angeles 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 Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take into their vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a very cautious person towards their passengers. Such carriers are responsible for any,even the slightest, negligence and are required to do all that human care,vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under all the circumstances.” Here are just a few of the most common causes of bus accidents based on one report from the FMCSA:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
If a Metro bus driver was negligent the city that employed them could face civil liability. Negligence is simply the failure to act with a level of care necessary to prevent accidents. A bus driver could be negligent if they were speeding or if they made an unsafe lane change. Victims of bus accidents are protected by a number of laws.
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
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. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to the LAPD as they continue to investigate. Measures need to be put in place to help prevent accidents like this in the future.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured 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 accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.