Six People Injured Including Five Students After Bus Crashed Near UC Santa Cruz Main Entrance on Coolidge Drive

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (February 1, 2024) – At least five UC Santa Cruz students were injured in a bus accident near the main entrance of the campus on Coolidge Drive.

Santa Cruz police officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday. A UC Santa Cruz transit bus collided into a rock structure for unknown reasons.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. The driver of the bus was airlifted to a local area hospital with critical injuries.

Five UC Santa Cruz students were also injured in the crash. The cause of the crash remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For California Bus Accidents

Crashes involving school buses are much more common than many people may realize. According to the National Safety Council, “School bus-related crashes killed 108 people nationwide in 2021, up 50% compared to the pandemic-related low number of 54 deaths in 2020, according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).” There are a number of common causes of bus accidents.

  • Bus crashes are much more likely to take place when buses are poorly maintained.
  • Bus crashes are more common during periods of reduced visibility or inclement weather.
  • Bus crashes are more likely when drivers are speeding.

Buses are considered “common carriers” and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to Acosta v. Southern California Rapid Transit Dist, “Common carriers bind themselves to carry safely those whom they take into their vehicles, and owe both a duty of utmost care and the vigilance of a very cautious person towards their passengers. Such carriers are responsible for any, even the slightest, negligence and are required to do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under all the circumstances.” When a driver fails to exercise due care and is involved in a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Depending on the facts of any case, liability for any collision could extend beyond any driver. If a bus driver was working at the time of any collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any bus accident.

  • All medical records related to the crash should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Maintenance records for the bus involved should be reviewed.
  • An experienced bus accident attorney should be contacted.

The vast majority of bus accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. In many cases, buses involved in crashes were not being properly maintained. The factors that contribute to any incident could take place hours, days or weeks before the collision. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating California Bus Accidents

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this bus accident at UC Santa Cruz. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a bus accident at UC Santa Cruz? You may have legal recourse. Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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