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UPDATE: 30-Year-Old Man Killed In Murrieta RTA Bus Accident On Interstate 215 Freeway By Los Alamos Road


Nov 1, 2019

Murrieta Bus Accident: 30-Year-Old Man Killed In Murrieta RTA Bus Accident On Interstate 215 Freeway By Los Alamos Road

MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2019) – A 30-year-old man has tragically died in a RTA (Riverside Transit Agency) bus accident on the Interstate 215 Freeway by Los Alamos Road.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 5:52 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the RTA bus slammed into the back of a Toyota Tundra which was then pushed into a Nissan Sentra which was then pushed into a Ford F-250.

The RTA bus veered to the left after the accident and hit the center median. The driver of the Toyota Tundra was extricated from his vehicle with major injuries. 

Despite life-saving efforts the driver of the Toyota Tundra was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics had to treat numerous people at the scene for injuries. 

Liability In Murrieta Bus Accidents

Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of driving safely. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take intotheir vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a verycautious 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.” There are a number of factors commonly associated with bus accidents including:

  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

There is simply no reason why a bus driver should ever rear-end another vehicle. These types of accidents tend to happen when bus drivers are speeding, distracted or following the lead vehicle too closely. According to California Vehicle Code 21703, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer from a wide variety of different injuries including:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages provided by the statute include lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills and loss of love. Relatives covered by the law include the victim’s spouse, children, siblings and parents. Unfortunately, bus companies will often fight hard to try to deny liability for any accident. A bus accident attorney make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved and that your rights are being protected. 

Investigating A Murrieta Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue to investigate. This accident was completely preventable and should never have taken place. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has 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 legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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