Three people sustained injuries in a San Diego car accident after a car and bus collided at an El Cajon street intersection. 10news reports that a Metropolitan Transit System coach collided with a car at the intersection of Douglas and Van Houten avenues the morning of January 4, 2010. The driver of the car was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The driver was apparently unconscious and not breathing at the time. Officials said two of the passengers in the bus were also transported to an area hospital with injuries.
I sympathize with all the victims of this crash. I sincerely hope this seriously injured driver makes a quick and complete recovery. The injured victims will certainly be in my prayers.
Three fatalities and 583 injuries were reported involving car accidents in El Cajon in 2007, according to California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics. Countywide, 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries occurred in 2007 as a result of traffic accidents.
Circumstances of the Crash
Based on the news report, it appears that this bus accident may have been caused as a result of one of the drivers failing to yield right-of-way at the intersection. One of the drivers may have also run a red light at the intersection, which is against the law. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
If the driver of the bus failed to yield right-of-way to the other vehicle, not only would the transit authority be held liable for the serious injuries caused to the driver of the car, but also, to the bus passengers who got injured. Bus operators owe their passengers the highest “duty of care,” which means they are responsible for the safe transport of their passengers. Injured victims in this case would be well-advised to consult a reputed San Diego personal injury lawyer who will make sure their legal rights and best interests are protected.
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