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SAN JOSE: Multiple People Injured In Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Bus Accident By The Alameda and West Julian Street


May 1, 2019

Multiple People Were Injured When Two Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Buses Were Involved In an Accident By The Intersection of The Alameda and West Julian Street

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (May 1, 2019) – Multiple people were injured in a bus accident between two Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority buses by the intersection of The Alameda and West Julian Street.

San Jose police officers are saying that the crash took place sometime shortly before 7:00 a.m. One bus apparently rear-ended the other bus. 

Investigators shut down the intersection for two hours as they continued to investigate. Paramedics had to transport multiple people to the hospital. 

Liability In Bus Accidents

Bus drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles with a high amount of caution in order to avoid accidents. Buses are considered “common carriers” under the law. According to Acostav. 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.” Bus accident victims may receive a wide variety of injuries including: 

  • Head and face injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Upper limb injuries
  • Back injuries

There are a number of factors associated with bus accidents. Human error is an essential element in the vast majority of cases. According to one report by the FMCSA, the most common causes of bus accidents include:

  • 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
  • Fatigue

Rear-end collisions typically occur when one driver isn’t paying attention to the road or is speeding. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have the ability to seek compensation through a bodily injury claim. Bus companies are typically responsible for the negligence of their drivers. Damages in a bus accident claim may include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can evaluate your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are. 

Getting Help After A Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of the victims. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach to the police. 

If you or someone that you love 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 can investigate all aspects of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to getting accident victims the medical and financial support that they need. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about a bus accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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