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June 9, 2014

Nine Injured in Santa Ana Bus Accident

Nine people were injured when a driver ran a red light and hit an Orange County Transportation Authority bus the night of June 3, 2014.

The Orange County Register reports that the incident occurred at the intersection of 17th Street and Fairview Road.

Officials say the OCTA bus was traveling west on 17th Street when a Toyota going north on Fairview ran a red light and struck the bus.

The impact of the collision pushed the bus into a

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April 25, 2014

Students Seriously Injured in Anaheim School Bus Crash

A school bus accident in Anaheim Hills has left three students and the bus driver seriously injured after the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into trees the afternoon of April 24, 2014. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash, involving an Orange Unified School District bus was reported on Nohl Ranch Canyon Road near East Walnut Canyon Road. Anaheim police officials say the bus left the roadway and struck a tree and a lamppost. Investigators are not clear why the driver lost control of the bus.

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December 23, 2013

14 Injured in Riverside Bus Accident

At least 14 people were injured, one seriously, when a Riverside Transit Authority bus, a car and a tow truck crashed the morning of December 19, 2013. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident occurred at Highway 74 and Briggs Road in Romoland. California Highway Patrol officials said the bus was heading west approaching Briggs Road in rainy weather when it slid and spun sideways striking a Pontiac Bonneville that was traveling in the opposite direction. A tow truck following the Bonneville also hit the car.

A 48-year old woman driving the car suffered major injuries and was transported to a regional hospital for treatment. Fire officials said 14 people including the car's driver were transported to hospitals. Two suffered serious injuries and 12 others suffered minor to moderate injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Investigators are also performing a mechanical inspection of the bus.

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March 30, 2013

Riverside Bus Crash Injures 11

Eleven people suffered injuries in a bus crash after a Riverside Transit Authority bus crashed off Interstate 215 in Riverside. The Press-Enterprise reports that the crash occurred the morning of March 27, 2013 at the Box Springs Road onramp to the southbound Interstate 215. California Highway Patrol officials said an SUV collided with the bus. Authorities said 11 people on board the bus were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining 18 on the bus were uninjured. Officials are still investigating the incident.

Traffic Collisions in Riverside

There were 20 fatalities and 1,396 injuries reported as a result of traffic collisions in the city of Riverside, according to CHP's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also, during the same year, 190 people died and 7,632 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in Riverside County.

What Caused This Crash?

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why the two vehicles collided. The report states that the SUV had a crumpled front end. However, it is not clear if the SUV rear-ended the bus on the on-ramp. There are still several unanswered questions here. Who was at fault for the crash? Was one of the drivers distracted or inattentive? Did excessive speed play a part? Did one of the drivers make an unsafe lane change? Was alcohol or drugs a factor? Was one vehicle following the other too closely? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Duty of Bus Companies

Bus companies - whether they are private or public carriers - owe their passengers the utmost duty of care. This means that they are ultimately responsible for the safe transit of their passengers. If another motorist caused the accident, then, injured bus passengers can seek compensation for their damages from that party. However, if the accident was caused by bus driver negligence or poor bus maintenance then, passengers can file an injury claim against the driver and/or the bus company.

Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

October 16, 2012

Female Bicyclist Killed in Malibu

October 15, 2012--Malibu, CA-- According to a CBS News report, an unidentified woman was killed in a Malibu bicycle accident on Saturday when she collided with a Metro bus.

The accident took place on Pacific Coast Highway near Puerco Canyon Road around 2:00 p.m. The woman was declared dead at the scene by rescue workers. Authorities are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident. No charges have been filed at this time.

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September 27, 2012

Elderly Woman Killed in Ventura DUI Collision

Margarita McIntosh, 75, was killed in a Ventura pedestrian accident, which officials say involved a school bus driver who was under the influence of drugs. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Woodland Street and Brookshire Avenue, the afternoon of September 26, 2012. Officials say the school bus carrying 11 children was heading north on Brookshire when it made a left turn on Woodland striking the elderly pedestrian who was walking in a crosswalk.

McIntosh was transported in critical condition to an area hospital where she died. The school bus driver, 54-year-old Joanne Madaule, was under the influence of unspecified drugs at the time, California Highway Patrol officials said. She was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The investigation is ongoing.

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August 27, 2012

32 Injured in Metro Blue Line Crash in Downtown Los Angeles

A train accident involving a Metro Blue Line train and a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles left at least 32 people injured the morning of August 27, 2012. According to a City News Service report, the injury crash occurred at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard. Officials say 32 people were hurt, one seriously. Twenty people were transported to the hospital for examination. None of those injuries is believed to have been life-threatening. The bus, which was operating on line 51, was traveling south on San Pedro Street when the accident occurred. Officials are still looking into what caused this accident.

My heart goes out to the many injured victims of this bus accident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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August 8, 2012

Pomona Bus Accident Causes Injuries

A Los Angeles County car accident involving a Foothill Transit bus and two cars sent seven people to the hospital. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the bus accident occurred at Mission Boulevard and Dudley Street in Pomona the afternoon of August 3, 2012. Officials have not released information regarding how or why the accident occurred. Three people on the bus suffered serious injuries and four others sustained minor injuries. Officials are still looking into what caused this crash.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this Los Angeles bus accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

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May 9, 2012

Garden Grove Bus Accident Injures Three

Three people were injured in a Garden Grove bus accident, which involved an Orange County Transportation Authority bus and three other vehicles, the morning of May 9, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred on the eastbound 22 Freeway at Harbor Boulevard. California Highway Patrol officials say the chain-reaction collision started when an OCTA bus rear-ended an Acura sedan on the freeway as it merged from the Harbor Boulevard on-ramp. The impact of the collision pushed the Acura into a Ford Mustang, which in turn crashed into a pickup. Three people were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the three victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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February 13, 2012

Woman Killed in Rosemead Pedestrian Accident Involving Tour Bus

Mei Chen, 82, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Rosemead after she was hit by a tour bus while crossing the roadway. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of February 10, 2012 at the intersection of Garvey and Walnut Grove avenues. Chen was walking in a crosswalk when the tour bus attempted a right turn and struck her. The elderly pedestrian died at the scene. Police are looking into what caused this fatal pedestrian accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mei Chen for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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January 26, 2012

California Bus Accidents Are On The Rise

Just recently, two dozen people involved in the fatal church bus accident near Twin Peaks have been taken from the scene to hospitals, San Bernardino County authorities said. One person was fatally injured in the accident that occurred about 11:50 a.m. Monday as the bus was traveling westbound down a slippery Highway 189, said Officer Mario Lopez of the California Highway Patrol.

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January 13, 2012

Bicyclist Injured in Anaheim School Bus Accident

A bicyclist was seriously injured in a bus accident after an Anaheim Union High School District bus struck him at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Empire Street in Anaheim, the afternoon of January 12, 2012. Officials say the bicyclist, a man in his 40s, was pinned under the bus. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The bus was not transporting any students at the time. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with this injured bicyclist. I'm relieved to note that his injuries are not life-threatening. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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May 24, 2011

Vacaville Tour Bus Accident Injures 13

At least 13 people were injured in a tour bus accident in Vacaville the afternoon of May 23, 2011. According to a CBS News report, the injury collision occurred off the Interstate 80 when a tour bus veered off the roadway and crashed through 50 to 60 feet of perimeter fencing on Lyon Road, near Cherry Glen Road. There were 50 people on board the bus including the driver. California Highway Patrol officials said 13 people were transported to local hospitals. All victims are expected to survive. Officials say the bus was exiting the freeway when it went out of control and crashed. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the many injured victims of this bus accident. I'm relieved to hear that none of the injuries in this bus crash were life-threatening. I wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and full recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Bus Accident Statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 30 fatalities and 1,140 injuries involving bus accidents in California in 2009. During the same year, 254 people died and 15,428 sustained personal injuries as a result of bus accidents in the United States.

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May 23, 2011

Los Angeles Bus Accident Injures Eight

Eight people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving four buses and one car, the morning of May 19, 2011. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the major injury accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway, near Washington Boulevard, in Commerce. California Highway Patrol officials report that the chain reaction collision was triggered by a car that suddenly slowed down in front of one of the buses. The bus directly behind the car slammed on the brakes. Three buses, which were behind the first bus, collided. Two of the injured victims were inmates and six were military personnel. One of the victims was critically injured. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this Los Angeles bus accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to CHP's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), seven people were killed and 234 injured in Commerce car accidents. During that same year, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries occurred as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.

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February 9, 2011

Motorcyclist Killed in Los Angeles Bus Accident

A motorcyclist was killed in a bus accident in Los Angeles when he collided with a bus the afternoon of February 7, 2011. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the fatal bus accident occurred at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Mountain Avenue in Claremont. The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries. There were no passengers in the bus and the driver of the Foothill Transit bus was uninjured. An investigation is ongoing.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of motorcycle rider killed in this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were injured in Claremont motorcycle accidents. During that same year, there were 114 fatalities and 2,934 injuries reported due to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County.

What Caused This Fatal Accident?

The report does not give any specifics as to how this fatal accident occurred. There are more questions than answers here at this point. Did the bus driver attempt an unsafe turn without looking for oncoming motorists at the intersection? Did one of the motorists fail to properly obey traffic lights at the intersection? Was either driver impaired, speeding or driving distracted? Did the bus driver make a dangerous lane change? Did one of the vehicles fail to yield right-of-way at the street intersection?

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