California Highway Patrol Investigating Desert Hot Springs School Bus Accident By The Intersection of Dillon Road and Corkill Road

pexels-laker-6156582DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA (February 21, 2024) – At least one child was injured in a Desert Hot Springs car accident between an SUV and school bus by Dillon Road and Corkill Road.

Riverside County officials are saying that the collision took place around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. An SUV and a school bus were involved in a collision under uncertain conditions.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. One child was injured in the crash, though it remains unclear if the child was in the SUV or the school bus.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Desert Hot Springs School Bus Accidents

Accidents involving school buses are much more common than many people may realize. According to the National Safety Council, “From 2012 to 2021, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 5% were school bus drivers, and 3% were pedalcyclists.” There are a number of steps that school bus drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.

  • School bus drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • School bus drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • School bus drivers should be well rested before heading out onto the road.

School buses are considered “common carriers” and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Consider, for example, Squaw Valley Ski Corp. v. Superior Court. “This elevated standard of care for common carriers has its origin in English common law. It is based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” Bus companies may be liable for even the slightest negligence of their drivers.

Many bus collisions are due to bus drivers who make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, all drivers intending to turn left must first yield the right-of-way to vehicles traveling from the opposite direction. They must continue to yield and wait to turn until it is reasonably safe to do so. If a bus driver makes a dangerous turn in the roadway, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Certain steps should be taken after any bus accident.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • A bus accident attorney should be contacted.

Investigating Riverside County School Bus Accidents

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Desert Hot Springs school bus accident. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Desert Hot Springs school 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 are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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