Heather Kirkorowicz Bus Accident: 41-Year-Old Woman Died In Los Angeles Bus Accident On Wilshire Boulevard and Rossmore Avenue As She Was Catching Bus
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 2, 2109) – A 41-year-old woman identified as Heather Kirkorowicz has tragically died in a municipal bus accident as she was attempting to flag down the bus in Mid-Wilshire.
Los Angeles authorities are saying that the accident took place by the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rossmore Avenue. Witnesses told authorities that Heather Kirkorowicz was hit by the bus around 12:20 a.m.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. She later died due to her injuries.
Bus Accident Liability
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 2-percent increase from 2015. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 29 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2016 number is still 15 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005.” A fully loaded bus can weigh ten times more than a car. They can therefore be much more difficult to stop.
A number accidents take place when bus drivers fail to pay attention to what’s ahead of them. Buses tend to have very large blind spots on the side and drivers may not always see pedestrians that are in the blind spots. Bus drivers are expected to operate their vehicles in a very cautious manner to avoid accidents. They are responsible for even the slightest degree of negligence. A number of bus accidents occur when drivers make dangerous left turns.
According to California Vehicle Code 21801, bus drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to any pedestrians before making a left turn. The family of a victim that died in a bus accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death action. A bus accident attorney can investigate the cause of a collision and let you know what your rights are. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to pursue a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.
Investigating A Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Heather Kirkorowicz. It is our sincere hope that the Los Angeles Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. City planners should look at what safety measures could be added to this intersection in order to make it safer for pedestrians.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an accident with a city bus you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims for accident victims and can give you advice about what to do following an accident. Whether you need a free police report, an investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.