A school bus was transporting children from a special education school in Contra Costa County when it collided with another vehicle sending many of the occupants to the hospital. According to ABC 7 News, the bus driver, who happened to be 34-weeks pregnant, and three other cars hit one another in El Sobrante and a neighbor in the area called the California Highway Patrol to report the collision. The woman who called in the incident claimed she heard “crunching metal” as the vehicles collided. The accident took place at San Pablo Dam Road and Lois Lane during the early morning hours on January 9th.
Apparently, a sedan that was traveling in the northbound lane had slowed down, resulting in the driver of a Volkswagen Bug behind it to also hit his brakes. Unfortunately, the Silverado truck that had been traveling behind the VW Bug couldn’t stop in time and clipped the VW. As a result, the VW was pushed into the southbound lanes and it was slammed by another truck. The Silverado collided head-on with the school bus.
Another neighbor who witnessed the crash ran outside to render aid to any of the children on the bus who may have needed it. She mentioned that she was in a bit of a panic after learning that the bus driver was pregnant. When fire officials arrived on scene, it was first reported that no children sustained any injuries, however, it later came out that seven of the children who were riding on the bus were taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Luckily, no children suffered any serious injuries.
The pregnant bus driver, on the other hand, the man who was driving the VW, and the driver of the Silverado were both rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. The roadway was closed for a significant period of time as some oil did leak. Officials claim alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the bus accident, but speeding and slick roads may have played a part in causing the collision.
How many accidents are attributed to speeding?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 9,557 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes as it was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all fatal crashes. People speed for all types of reasons. Some are rushing to work while others simply disregard the law. The fact is, speeding increases your chances of engaging in an accident and even causing serious injury to yourself or those traveling around you. Thankfully, this bus accident wasn’t a fatal one, but it is a reminder that you should always exercise caution while driving to avoid such a collision.
If you were involved in a bus accident in California, whether it involved a school bus or city bus and you sustained an injury, you may be entitled to collect compensation to cover some of the expenses that have arisen. Filing a claim for compensation against a school district or other government entity isn’t always easy to get accomplished which is why you are encouraged to let USAttorneys.com assist you in locating a CA bus accident attorney who can help. Not only with a lawyer walk you through the steps to file a claim, but also determine what your injuries are truly worth.