Horizon Elementary School Bus Accident: Simi Valley Bus Accident Injured 5 People On 118 Freeway Near Madera Drive
SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (September 3, 2019) – At least five people were injured in a Simi Valley bus accident when a charter bus filled with children from Horizon Elementary School hit three vehicles on the 118 Freeway.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the Simi Valley Bus Accident took place around 9:05 a.m. by Madera Drive. Three people on the bus sustained injuries in the collision and two people in vehicles were injured.
The Fire Department is saying that the bus crashed into three other vehicles for reasons that have yet to be determined. It remains unknown if drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.
A total of 33 children were on the bus at the time of the accident. The children and adults on the charter bus were later transported to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
An investigation in to the Simi Valley bus accident carrying Horizon Elementary School students remains ongoing at this time
Liability In Simi Valley Bus Accidents
Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. They are therefore held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” There are a number of factors commonly associated with bus accidents including:
- Driver distraction
- Alcohol use
- Drug Use
Fatigue, in particular, is the most common factor associated with bus accidents. Bus drivers are often forced to work long hours and may not get the rest they need to be safe. In fact, it has been estimated that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving with a BAC of 0.05. AAA says that getting less than 5 hours of sleep increases the risk of a crash by a factor of 4. The NTSB has outlined a number of steps that bus drivers should take to keep fatigue under control:
- Drivers should get plenty of sleep and take periodic breaks
- Drivers should manage customers expectations about scheduling
- Drivers should check their prescriptions to see if they cause drowsiness
- Bus companies should installed collision avoidance systems to mitigate or prevent crashes
If a bus driver is negligent and causes an accident they company that they work for will typically be held at fault. Companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. According to FMCSA guidelines, if a bus carries over 15 passengers it must have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage.
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover all of your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek treatment after an accident so that your injuries can be documented. Unfortunately, bus companies will often fight hard to deny liability or downplay the extent of your injuries following an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Simi Valley Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those who have been injured in this Simi Valley Bus Accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. What was this bus driver doing prior to the accident. The victims and their families deserve answers. Someone could have easily been killed.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a Simi Valley bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are treated fairly and that their rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.