pexels-laker-6156582Fresno Unified School Bus Involved In Car Accident With Jeep By The Intersection of Palm Avenue and Holland Avenue 

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (June 4, 2024) – Several children were injured in a Fresno school bus accident at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Holland Avenue.

Fresno County officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. A Fresno school bus was leaving Powers-Gingsburg Elementary School and making a turn onto Palm Avenue.

The school bus carrying 19 children was then hit by a Jeep. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.

Several students on the bus were treated for injuries.

Liability For Fresno School Bus Accidents 

School bus accidents are relatively common and result in many serious injuries and deaths each year. According to the National Safety Council, “School bus-related crashes killed 104 people nationwide in 2022, down 3.7% compared to the 108 deaths in 2021, according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).” There are several steps that school districts should take to prevent bus accidents.

  • School buses should be regularly inspected and well-maintained.
  • School bus drivers should be thoroughly trained.
  • School bus routes should eliminate as many left-turns as possible.

School buses are considered common carriers, and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions involve drivers making dangerous turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, all drivers intending to turn left must first yield the right-of-way to vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. They must continue to yield and wait to turn until it is reasonably safe to do so. If a bus driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

The school district or company that operated a school bus could also be liable for a collision. 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. Victims of school bus collisions often suffer various injuries.

  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Organ damage

Many of the injuries from school bus accidents are not immediately obvious. Certain victims may suffer internal bleeding, which can lead to life-threatening complications. Other people may suffer from long-term psychological injuries including PTSD. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights. Any person injured in a school bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A school bus accident attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Getting Legal Help After School Bus Accidents 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the students and families impacted by this crash. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that all of the students will be able to make a full recovery.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Fresno school bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that school districts are held accountable for their negligence. 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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