Now that schools are back in session for the year, many people in California have likely noticed an increase in traffic in the mornings and afternoon. While many school systems work to notify drivers of the importance of extra vigilance when students are in the area, it is equally as important for bus drivers to take extra precautions to help prevent car accidents. Unfortunately, one accident that involved in a bus has recently resulted in a fatality.
The accident happened one morning in late September. Police claim that a pickup truck driven by a 57-year-old man was headed west on a California road. Unfortunately, a school bus driven by a 62-year-old man allegedly turned left into the path of the truck.
As a result, the two vehicles collided, and the driver of the pickup was killed. The bus driver reported minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment. Four of the approximately 40 students on the bus were injured. Two were transported to the hospital. A second bus was struck by debris from the accident, but no one on that bus reported injuries.
Car accidents such as this typically result in an extensive investigation. Once that is completed, citations or charges may be issued. In the meantime, the family of the deceased man will have to cope with the emotional and financial implications of his death. Many who have lost a loved one as a result of another’s negligence have pursued a wrongful death claim. The family in this case could choose to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to help identify — and pursue legal claims against — all responsible parties, potentially including the bus driver and his employer.
Source: hidesertstar.com, “Driver dies in crash with school bus“, Josh Allen, Sept. 25, 2015