Three people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving several vehicles including a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus, a Lexus sedan and a tanker truck carrying transmission fluid. According to a report in the Pasadena Star-News, the collision occurred the morning of March 30, 2010 on the westbound 210 Freeway near the Sierra Madre Boulevard onramp, in Pasadena. The initial collision was between the bus and the large truck. The drivers of the truck and bus driver sustained moderate injuries. A passenger in the Lexus was also injured, but the extent of that person’s injuries is not known.
My thoughts and sympathies go out to the three injured victims here. I hope the passenger in the sedan was not seriously harmed. It is indeed fortunate that there were no passengers on the bus. I wish the victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery from their injuries.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight fatalities and 978 injuries involving car accidents in Pasadena. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 deaths and 52,229 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Who Was At Fault?
Based on this news report, it is not clear which one of the drivers initially caused this bus versus truck accident. Such accidents not only have the potential to cause major injuries to those involved, but also to other motorists who may strike the debris scattered due to the first accident.
If the driver of the MTA bus triggered this collision, then he or she, as well as the transit authority, can be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If the driver of the large truck caused the accident, then he and his employer – the trucking company – could be held liable. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and costs of continued care and treatment.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, in such cases, will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options. If the personal injury claim involves a governmental entity, it must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury, under California Government Code section 911.2. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.