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California Bus Accident Facts

California Bus Accident Facts

Bus Accident?

Bus accidents, whether charter, public or school buses result in shocking consequences. Mainly this is due to the number of passengers that are carried on a bus. But there is the fact that most buses are not equipped or require riders to use seatbelts. So the passengers are able to move about to socialize. That means they get to use the restroom on buses equipped with this feature. Also, passengers are permitted to stand on overcrowded buses.

The School Bus

Children on school buses are unrestrained and usually unsupervised.

Commercial Bus

Commercial vehicle accidents have increased in numbers, in recent years, and the number of people injured, over the past several decades, while the number of buses on the roadways have increased. In the United States annually there are approximately 9,000 bus crashes. These crashes kill approximately 330 people and injure about 12,000 individuals, every year.

The Most Common Mishaps Involve Cars and Pedestrians

The most common fatal bus accidents, the National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics show both the bus and car collision or the commercial vehicle and pedestrian have the largest number of fatalities. (Learn More.) The statistical data shows fatal bus crashes break down into about 25% when the bus gets in a mishap with a pedestrian. Also, approximately 60% of the time fatalities occur during a bus and car collision.

Nationwide during 2009 there were 311 people killed in these accidents and 39 of the deaths were in California. During 2009, there were 1,140 individuals injured in the commercial vehicle crashes in the state of California. Out of 2,816 fatal motor vehicle accidents, 23 involved buses.

Contributing factors that can cause or partially be responsible for bus accidents, include:

  • Inexperienced bus drivers or improper training.
  • Driver negligence.
  • Outdated equipment or aged buses.
  • Improper maintenance.
  • Defective products.
  • Dangerous roadways.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Inadequate security.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or a family member has been fatally injured, there are many doctors and lawyers who know what to do. Just pick up the phone. Legal counsel will provide the quality representation that is necessary in this type of complex case to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your damages or losses. We hope this helped you learn some some info.

Transportation Portal Sites and Blogs

Transportation Portal Sites and Blogs

Below is a human edited listing of cool blogs we found dealing with transportation issues, such as bus, truck, car and even weird machines and motorcycles. Do you enjoy blogging about big rig trucks, truck stops, where to have fun when traveling, green energy, bio fuels, or how to find a lawyer when injured in a serious motor vehicle accident? If so, this is the place to look. If you have a resource we are missing, please contact us and our editorial team will review it. If it meets our criteria, we will add it.

Green Energy

Site Name. Gas 2.0 Description. Gas 2.0 digs into the viscous world of biofuels and the fast-paced transit arena, exploring the techs and substances that will power our transportation future.

Legal Resources

Site Name. Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Lawsuit Center.This is a motorcycle accident related website with topics covering articles and news. California motorcycle accident attorney blog.

Site Name. California Bus Accident Lawsuit Center. This is a bus and transportation/livery related website with topics covering articles and news. California bus accident lawyer blog.

Site Name. Commercial Truck Accident Lawsuit Watch. California trucking accident attorney blog.

Top General Transportation Blogs

Site Name. Los Angeles Transportation Headlines. Description. Los Angeles multi-modal transportation news and information aggregated daily from newspapers, blogs, and other sources.

Truck Stops and Restaurants.

Site Name. Urban Spoon. This page is a from a portal site with a great guide to Blythe, California restaurants. A great resource for trucker and passenger vehicle occupants.

So. Cal. Transit Companies

So. Cal. Transit Companies

Arcadia Transit: Arcadia is a city that has a curb to curb operation service that travels around the city limits and is open to the public.

Alhambra Community Transit: Alhambra is a city that has two ACT system transit routes, the Blue Line and Green Line. The Green Line runs in a loop using Valley Boulevard and Main Street as the main point of travel, which runs six days per week clockwise and counter clockwise. The Blue Line travels from the Cal State MetroLink Station, Los Angeles, the California State University and the Alhambra Civic Center and runs weekdays.

Atascadero Transit: The city of Atascadero has provided dial a ride service since 1979, there is the North County Shuttle that has a fixed route six days a week. This shuttle connects Atascadero, Cuesta College and Paso Robles.

Baldwin Park Transit: Baldwin Park has a city shuttle that provides a clockwise loop seven days a week in the suburb, there is the Teal Line and the Pumpkin Line. The Teal line travels the northern areas of the city and the Pumpkin line travels the southern parts of the city. Both lines can be accessed at the Metrolink Station.

Bellflower: There is a local bus service provided in Bellflower, the Orange Line, the Green Line and the Blue Line. There are three loops in this bus service system with the Orange Line running through the western areas of the city including Bellflower Boulevard and Lakewood Boulevard.

The Green Line travels through the eastern sections including Rosecrans Avenue and McNab Avenue and is the bus service of the suburb. The Blue Line travels the southern and central part of the city, including Artesia Blvd and Clark Avenue.

Bell Gardens City Bus: Bell Gardens has a city bus that travels clockwise around the city loop and runs Monday through Saturday. The bus service runs about once every 20 minutes until 5:30 p.m.

Calabasas Trolley: Calabasas has a tourist trolley that travels from the historic Old Town to the Highlands area that is a shopping area. The trolley takes approximately an hour while it makes the loop, between Old Town and the Highlands.

Camarillo Dial a Ride: Camarillo has a transit system and a dial a ride system, with the transit system running a loop from city hall to Leisure Valley Road.

Cerritos: Cherritos is a city that has its own fleet of federally funded buses that is familiarly known to residents as Cerritos on Wheels. They are propane fueled with stops throughout town. This transit system is known as COW, which is tribute to the cities origins and connects with Long Beach Transit, Norwalk Transit, Los Angeles MTA Buses and Orange County Transportation Authority. It travels Route 1 and loops the east side and Route 2 on the west side of the city. Route 1 buses travel loop between 166th Street and Del Amo Boulevard. The buses on the western side of the city travel between Cerritos College and the civic center.

Compton: The city of Compton has bus transportation with five lines that end at the downtown transit center. The first one known as Route 1 travels between El Segundo Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, with Route 2 traveling between Acadia Avenue and Alcondria Boulevard. Route 3 travels to the cities retail areas including the Fashion Center and traveling to El Segundo Boulevard and Santa Fe Boulevard. The Route 4 buses serve the residents and businesses along Alondra Boulevard and Compton Boulevard. The Route 5 buses travel to the MLK Hospital and to Artesia Stations for light rail transfers.

Corona: Corona has two bus routes that are in operation Monday through Saturday, with each of the lines connecting with the North Metrolink Station. The city’s two lines are the Blue Line that travels south and north. The buses travel south from MCKinley Road shopping centers to Moutain Gate Park and then north along Main Street to the River Road and Parkridge Avenue residential areas.

Cudahy: The city of Cudahy does not have a transit system providing route busing, but does have a local dial-a-ride system.

Downy: The city of Downey has bus transportation that travels in four loops that serves each of the quadrants of the city and operates six days a week. Each of the bus lines that run end at the Downey Depot, which is a major LACMTA transfer center. The Blue Line serves the southwestern part of Downey covering Rives Avenue and Imperial Boulevard as the major streets.

The Green Line covers the northwest loop of the city and runs along Brookshire Avenue and Telegraph Road. The Gold Line buses cover the northeastern part of the city and runs along Heldon Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard. The Purple Line covers the southeastern portions of Downey and travels along Foster Avenue and Bellflower Avenue.

Duarte: The city of Duarte has a fixed route bus service that is covered by the Blue and Green Lines running a city loop, since 1984. These buses run clockwise and counter clockwise with routes being serviced until 7:00 p.m. During peak hours there is a Commuter Line, along with the Blue and Green Lines that permits people working in Downtown Los Angeles to have easy access to the Foothill Transit express buses and the LACMTA. This Commuter Line runs from Hacienda Drive to a transfer point on Mountain Avenue.

Paramount: The city of Paramount has an Easy Rider Shuttle, with interlined bus loops that travel major eastern and western streets that are traversed, along with buses that serve streets in between. The buses on Route 1 travel in a clockwise loop, while Route 2 travels in a counter clockwise route.

West Covina: West Covina has three bus routes that are provided by the Go West Transit Agency. The Red Line and Blue Line travel in loops, with the Red Line providing bus service to the eastern part of the city. The Red Line includes service to Eastland and Westfield Shopping Centers and Workman Avenue is its major street, then it loops back to its starting point after passing the city’s high school and Cortez Park.

The Blue Line travels the northern parts of the city and then loops through the city center. The Blue Line travels along Sunset and Lark Ellen Avenues. The Green Line in West Covina is a non-loop bus system, traveling south from Cortez Park, then through the hilly suburbs along Nogales Street as the main street.

Huntington Park: Huntington Park has one bus route that is operated by the Huntington Park COMBI agency. This is a shuttle service that travels along Pacific Boulevard between the major intersections of Florence and Slauston Avenues.

Irvine: The city of Irvine has two buses that operate on weekdays and connect the Tustin Metrolink Station to the city during peak hours. The Route A buses follows Von Karman Avenue and ends at John Wayne Airport. Route B buses travels along Jamboree Road and through Main Street, where it makes many stops.

La Puente: The city of La Puente is served by one bus route that operates in a loop, since 2001. The bus route travels through the city, going north to Hacienda Boulevard, east to Guzman Avenue and then west to Puente Avenue.

Lawndale: The city of Lawndale has two bus routes serving the Redondo Beach light rail station and the city of Redondo Beach. The residential areas are served through the city between Rosecrans Avenue and South Bay Galleria, along with various side streets. There is an Express Route that travels from the Galleria, along Hawthorn Boulevard, Marine Avenue and to the train station.

Lynwood: Lynwood is a city that has four trolley lines, with Route A servicing an inner loop that connects with the Long Beach light rail station, and also traveling along Bullis Road and Long Beach Boulevard. Route B transit trolley travels the East Imperial Highway and Atlantic Avenue as its major streets. Route C services the areas of St. Francis Medical Center and continues on a southerly loop. Route D services are from the hospital to Imperial/ Willimington/ Rosa Parks light rail station.

Monrovia: Monrovia has a dial-a-ride system and it also features the Old Town Trolley that travels along Huntington and Mountain Boulevards during weekdays.

Moorpark: The city of Moorpark has two bus routes, with the Route 1 bus beginning at city hall and traveling through the city center, and south to Mountain Meadows Plaza. Then it continues to the northeast part of the city, ending at Villa del Arroyo. The Route 2 buses begin at city hall travels a more centralized route with it beginning at city hall and ending at Moorpark College.

Blythe/ Palo Verde Valley: The city of Blythe, Palo Verde Valley is serviced by the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, which is known as the Desert Roadrunner. Route 1 is the city circulator, which travels in a clockwise loop around the city of Blythe. It begins at city hall, traveling along Broadway, 14th Avenue, Riverside Drive and Barnard Street.

The Route 2 bus runs from the Palo Verde Community College to the rural community of Ripley, traveling through Blythe, Hobsonway and to Ehrenberg, Arizona. The Route 3 bus is Express service on weekday peak hours and serves several California State Prisons, traveling along I-10 to Wiley’s Well.

Paso Robles: The city of Paso Robles is served by a bus that travels in a loop Monday through Saturday. The buses travel along Riverside Boulevard and Spring Street as the major streets on the west bank of the Salinas River, and on the east side of the river the bus travels along Ramboulliet Road and Creston Road.

Rosemead: In the municipality of Rosemead there are two buses that operate, with the Route 1 bus traveling clockwise and the Route 2 bus traveling counterclockwise. The lines are intertwined with the main terminal of the loop at Montebellow Town Center and Rosemead Square. The buses travel Garvey Avenue and Walnut Grove Avenue as their major streets.

Santa Ynez Valley: The communities of Santa Ynez, Buellton, Solvang and Los Olivos are serviced by the Santa Ynez Valley Transit agency. There are two routes, with Route A traveling in a clockwise route through these communities and using Route 246 as its main street. Route B travels counter clockwise through these communities.

Simi Valley: the city of Simi Valley is serviced by four bus lines that run Monday through Saturday. The Route A bus services Simi Valley Town Center and the Metrolink Station, with its major streets being Los Angeles Avenue, Cochran Street and Royal Avenue. Route B travels the same locations as the Route A buses, but is extended to west on Cochran Street and Royal Avenue. The Route C buses begin its service at city hall and travels to Simi Valley Metrolink station and Chatsworth Station.

The major streets this bus travels are Los Angeles Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The Route D buses begin services at the Ronald Ragan Presidential Library and travels to the Simi Valley Town Center, ending at the Simi Valley Civic Center. The major streets this bus travels are Madera Road, Alamo Street and First Street.

South Pasadena: The city of South Pasadena is serviced by Gold Link weekday bus to train service. The buses travel from the Mission light rail station to areas of the city, with the Yellow Route servicing the northern part of the city traveling on Fair Oaks and Orange Grove Avenues. The Pink Route is serves the south with its major roads being Oak Street and Wilmington Drive. The Red Route travels east on Garfield Avenue and Monterrey Road, with the Blue Route servicing the hills of Camino del Sol and Via del Ray. During rush hours only there is free service provided.

South Whittier: The city of South Whittier is serviced by the Sunshine Shuttle, a single bus line that begins its route in the east of the city at Whittwood Town Center, traveling to Mayberry Park, Gateway Plaza Office Park and then to Sorensen Library where its service ends.

West Hollywood: West Hollywood is serviced by the City Line, which are two interlined loop buses that travel the main streets of West Hollywood. The Blue Line travels a clockwise path that begins at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Then it travels along side streets to North Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards, with the eastern terminal or the route at Gateway Center. The Green Line travels the same area, but in a counter clockwise direction.

Church Bus Crashes

Church Bus Crashes

Churches often have events allowing the congregants to travel together for goodwill missions, activities or to transport children to Sunday School. The buses that have been used for this purpose have been involved in a more than the average amount of bus accidents over past years.

Church bus crashes that are caused by bus driver negligence, improper bus maintenance, defective bus parts or bus company oversight can result in major injuries or death.

The church bus accident Law attorneys specialize in these types of accidents and use experience and skill to represent injured victims and family members of victims that have been killed in church bus crashes or any other type of motor vehicle accident.

These attorneys know this is a difficult and emotional time for the injured victim and the family and are dedicated to protecting the victims’ rights and seeking justice.

Church Bus Risk Factors

There are risk factors of church buses that can put the passengers at a higher risk of being injured or killed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that many churches use 15 passenger vans. These 15 passenger vans were cited in a consumer advisory targeting church groups and other non-profit organizations as recently as 2010, after two fatal church bus accidents. These two accidents that occurred in New York and Georgia caused 10 deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned users of these vans of specifics that could reduce bus accident risks:

The 15 passenger van should never be overloaded

Drivers should be licensed, fully trained and experienced in the operation of the 15 passenger van operation.

Bus tires should be the proper size, should show no signs of wear and be inflated to the proper amount, prior to carrying passengers.

Liability of Church Bus Crashes

There are exemptions from the law involving church buses, in which the drivers are required to wear seatbelts, but the exemption does not apply to the passengers wearing seatbelts. There are many older church buses that do not have seat belts for the passengers, which makes it impossible for passengers to use them.

Statistic data proves that passengers in any motor vehicle wearing a seat belt restraining them have a greater rate of survival, especially in vehicle rollover accidents. The large size and weight of buses that are used for church transportation allows for passengers to be thrown around inside of the bus or to be ejected in a rollover crash through the window.

Protecting Your Rights

The church bus crash lawyers must be skilled leaders in personal injury and wrongful death litigation and committed to protecting the rights of the victim. When a church bus owner fails to maintain the bus or employs an unqualified driver behind the wheel or in any other way fails to ensure the safety of passengers while on the bus they can be held accountable for injuries sustained or deaths that occur as a result.

The experienced local bus crash accident attorneys in our bus accident attorney directory, are listed to discuss your legal rights after a bus accident.

Utilizing Cameras to Find Illegal Passers

Utilizing Cameras to Find Illegal Passers

School buses have long been one of the most secure ways to bring children back and forth to school. Trained bus drivers and proper safety procedures have allowed children to find their way to an education at minimal risk. However, there have been cases when other drivers have made the trip more dangerous for the driver and passengers.

It is Already Against the Law in Every State of the Union to Pass a Stopped School Bus

In all fifty states it is illegal to pass a school bus stopped and loading or unloading passengers. This law has made the road significantly safer but is still broken by poor drivers. Many of these drivers have been able to get away with such an action because there haven’t been proper cameras or police to catch them in the act. Now school districts are taking action to make sure that this does not happen anymore.

New Technology Will Be Able to Capture Lawless Drivers on Tape

New technology has allowed cameras to be fitted to the bus that activate when the bus is stopped and the stop sign extended. Now driver that pass the bus in this position will be recorded and sent a ticket through the mail. This allows for localities and states to keep track of who is driving in such a reckless manner, especially in the case of an accident. These actions will also significantly increase student safety as the number of drivers that engage in such actions decrease.

The NHTSA Accidents Prove the Importance of

Stopping Behind Stationary School Buses

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that between 2004 to 2013,327 school-age children died in accidents related to school buses and similar vehicles. There are countless cases of drivers passing school buses or driving recklessly near or by them.

The New Technology Will Hold Bad Drivers Accountable

It is vital to keep track of how drivers handle their vehicles, especially when children’s safety is concerned. Being able to hold drivers responsible will make the roads safer and reduce the chance of children being injured or killed by reckless driving. This ticket system will play an important role and should be welcomed as another tool to make the routes to school safer.