Two people suffered serious injuries on the afternoon of July 21 after a shuttle bus crashed at Los Angeles International Airport.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the LAX-operated shuttle bus carrying around 23 people and a driver crashed when it was carrying passengers to and from the LAXit ride pickup lot. LAX police said in a statement that the driver miscalculated a turn and collided with a pillar at the lower level of Circle Way and Center Way.
Two people were taken to a hospital in serious condition. Seven others were transported for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. LAX officials said the incident affected traffic around the airport for around two hours. The LAPD is investigating the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was injured in this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If you have been involved in a bus accident, make sure that you receive prompt medical attention. Do not decline medical attention if emergency personnel offer it at the scene. If you have been injured, go to the emergency room or hospital right away. Get as much information as possible from the bus driver including his or her name, the vehicle’s license plate number, insurance details, etc. Be sure to contact an experienced Los Angeles bus accident lawyer who has a successful track record of handling similar cases.
Bus companies are common carriers and therefore, owe passengers the utmost duty of care. Bus operators are required to hire experienced or capable drivers with good driving records. They must ensure that the vehicles are in good working condition and that they are routinely serviced and repaired.
In such cases, there are a number of questions to ask. Was the driver inexperienced? Was he or she impaired at the time of the crash? Did driver distraction or inattention play a part? Was the driver negligent in any way? If the bus driver caused the accident, both the driver and his or her employer can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including 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 advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.