pexels-kaique-rocha-68427Los Angeles County Investigating Leimert Park MTA Bus Collision That Injured 14 People on West 39th Street

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 10, 2024) – At least 14 people were injured in a collision involving an MTA bus in Leimert Park along the 3500 block of West 39th Street.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:40 p.m. on Thursday. The exact circumstances of the collision are unclear.

But when paramedics arrived, they found one car rolled on its side and the MTA bus with significant damage. A total of 14 people were injured in the crash.

Three people were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Six people were taken to the hospital in fair condition.

A full investigation into the Leimert Park bus accident remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Los Angeles County MTA Bus Accidents

Thousands of people are injured each year in collisions with buses. According to The Journalist’s Resource, “on average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.” Many of the collisions take place in urban settings where traffic can be dense. There are a number of common causes of bus collisions.

  • Bus collisions are more likely to occur when drivers are speeding.
  • Bus collisions are more likely to occur at intersections when drivers are making left turns.
  • Bus collisions are more likely to take place when drivers are distracted.

Bus companies are considered “common carriers,” and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers [or property].” Many bus collisions are preventable and involve some amount of driver error.

All bus drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 22350, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the road. If a bus driver fails to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any bus accident.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • The maintenance records of the bus involved should be sought.
  • The police report for the collision should be reviewed.
  • An experienced bus accident attorney should be contacted.

If a bus driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Sadly, though, bus companies will often do everything in their power to deny liability for any collision involving their drivers. This is why it is so important to seek skilled legal counsel early on.

Getting Legal Help After A Leimert Park MTA Bus Accident

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Leimert Park bus accident. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. It is our sincere hope that all of the victims will be able to make a full recovery.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles County bus accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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