Boy, 12, Seriously Injured In Valley Village Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Accident By Bellaire Avenue and Chandler Boulevard
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA (November 25, 2023) – A 12-yera-old boy was critically injured in a Valley Village Metro bus accident by the intersection of Bellaire Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Monday. A 12-year-old boy was crossing the intersection when he was hit by a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He has been taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
The driver of the bus remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability for Valley Village Metro Bus Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in bus accidents each year. 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.” There are a number of reasons that buses can be particularly dangerous.
- Buses have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians.
- Buses have a wide turning radius which can increase the odds of a side impact collision.
- Buses have a high ground clearance which can lead pedestrians to be sucked underneath the bus.
Buses are considered common carriers and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21950, the driver of any vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian that is crossing the roadway in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. If a bus driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any bus accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The bus driver’s logbook should be reviewed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
If a bus driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. This could include a private bus corporation or a municipal entity like Los Angeles County. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Sadly, though, bus companies will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if they are involved in a collision. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Los Angeles County Metro Bus Accidents
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the boy injured in this Valley Village Metro bus accident and his family. It is our sincere hope that he is able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information should reach out to police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the justice that they deserve and that bus companies are held accountable for their negligence. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.