At least six people including multiple passengers were injured after a Metro bus slammed into a pole. According to OnScene TV, authorities responded to reports of a traffic collision involving a bus near the intersection of East Florence and Maie avenues in the Florence-Graham area the night of May 19.
Units arriving at the scene located a Metro bus that had crashed into a traffic signal pole and some scaffolding. Firefighter paramedics transported at least six people from the scene including several passengers. The circumstances surrounding the bus accident and the extent of the victims’ injuries were not immediately available. Reports from the scene indicate the bus was headed to Bell Gardens at the time of the crash.
What Caused This Bus Accident?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this Los Angeles bus accident. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Was the driver of the bus under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Did the driver fall asleep at the wheel? Did he or she suffer from a medical condition? Was the bus traveling at a high rate of speed just before the accident? Did a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction cause or contribute to this accident? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Injuries and Liability Issues
Bus accidents have the potential to result in serious and life changing injuries. Passengers may suffer from head injuries as a result of hitting their head against the window or some other hard surface on the bus. They may suffer from broken bones, back or neck injuries, internal organ damage or strains and tissue damage as a result of the trauma suffered.
When it comes to bus accidents, the bus’s operator (the bus company) or the entity that is operating the bus such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced Los Angeles bus accident lawyer will be able to help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.