Gabina Lagroma Delano Bus Accident: Gabina Lagroma Died In Delano Bus Accident 11th Avenue and Glenwood Street
DELANO, CALIFORNIA (July 8, 2019) – A 78-year-old woman identified as Gabina Lagroma has tragically died in a charter bus accident near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Glenwood Street.
Delano police are saying that the victim was walking through the intersection around 3:42 p.m. when she was hit. Gabina Lagroma was seriously injured in the accident and had to be taken to Kern Medical.
The victim was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. Delano police are unsure if any charges are going to be filed against the bus driver.
An investigation into the cause of the Delano bus accident that killed Gabina Lagroma remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Over 35,000 people die every year in commercial vehicle accidents. Over 4,000 of these deaths come from commercial trucks and buses. In short, it is much more difficult to safely drive a bus than a sedan. Here are just a few of the common causes of fatal bus accidents:
- Bus companies have a responsibility to train their drivers and to make sure that they are properly licensed.
- Bus drivers must operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions. Speeding and inattentive driving contribute to a disproportionate number of collisions.
- Inclement weather can dramatically increase the likelihood of fatal accidents.
- Buses also tend to have enormous blind spots. If drivers aren’t regularly checking both their mirrors and blind spots that could lead to an accident.
Buses are particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Even a low impact collision can cause catastrophic injuries. Depending on the facts of any case bus accident victims may have legal recourse following a collision.
Liability In Bus Accidents
As common carriers bus companies are held to an elevated standard of care in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” Bus drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks.
According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” Bus drivers tend to hit pedestrians as they are making left turns. They may be distracted by oncoming traffic and simply not check to see if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
The family of a victim that died in a bus accident will typically be able to seek justice through a civil claim. A civil claim could potentially be pursued by a victim’s children, spouse, brother, sister or parents. Damages can help cover the costs associated with funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of companionship. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Gabina Lagroma. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what may have contributed to this accident. City officials should also examine the intersection to make sure that it safe for pedestrian use. Any person with knowledge about the accident should reach out to authorities.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We can investigate your accident free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. Whether you need a free copy of a police report about a particular accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.