Eve Johnson Santa Barbara: Eve Debra Johnson Killed In Santa Barbara MTD Bus Accident By Figueroa Street and Chapala Street
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (October 10, 2019) – A 67-year-old woman identified as Eve Debra Johnson has tragically died in a MTD bus accident near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Chapala Street.
Santa Barbara police are saying that the bus accident took place around 2:00 p.m. near the MTD’s transit center. Eve Debra Johnson was sitting at the MTD bus stop when an MTD bus was turning the corner at Chapala Street onto Figueroa Street.
For reasons that remain under investigation the bus sped up, jumped the curb and drove onto the sidewalk before hitting Eve Debra Johnson and one other man.
One witness told reporters that “It looked like something happened to the driver, or he lost control.” The second victim described as an older Hispanic man was seriously injured in the bus accident and one of his legs was severed.
Several other people on the bust were also injured. Despite life-saving measures Eve Debra Johnson later died due to her injuries. The victim who sustained a severed leg and several bus passengers were taken to the hospital.
An investigation into the Santa Barbara bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Bus Accidents
According to the FMCSA, “In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 42 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2017 number is still 7 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005. From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8 percent, from 0.146 to 0.156.”There are a number of factors causally linked to bus accidents including:
- Driver distraction
- Mechanical failures
Buses can be very difficult to operate. It’s important that bus drivers get the proper training and that they undergo periodic medical exams. In many cases, however, the bus driver may not be solely to blame for an accident. Mechanical issues with the brakes or the accelerator could potentially cause an accident. It’s important that all parts of a bus are properly maintained, though this doesn’t always happen. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a bus accident.
Liability In Santa Barbara Bus Accidents
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. They are 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.”
Bus drivers are supposed to operate their vehicles based on the prevailing conditions. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” In many circumstances liability for a bus accident may extend beyond a bus company.
Cities have a legal obligation to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. When a road or intersection is in a dangerous condition and this contributes to an accident a city could be held at fault. For example, an intersection that has a poor line of sight could potentially cause an accident. It’s important that investigators look into this possibility when examining what could have contributed to a bus accident.
The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, bus companies will often fight hard to try to deny liability for an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Santa Barbara MTD Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Eve Debra Johnson. Any person that may have seen the bus accident should reach out to the Santa Barbara police department as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar accidents.
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 so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation to get to the bottom of what caused an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.