Six People were Injured in Burbank After a Truck & SUV Collided with a Metro Bus
Six people were injured when a pickup truck and an SUV collided with a Metro bus in Burbank, California. The collision occurred late Monday, June 1st on Hollywood Way just south of State Route 134 according to a news report in the Sacramento Bee. Although the news headline reports only four people were hurt, the article states that the bus driver and four passengers, as well as one of the other drivers, were all transported to the hospital, according to Burbank Fire Captain Peter Hendrickson. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Captain Hendrickson also reported all the injuries were mild to moderate. We certainly hope that is true and wish all involved a complete and speedy recovery.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 752 fatalities and injuries were reported in 2012 as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Burbank. Of those traffic accidents, 135 were speed related.
Potential Legal Claims
When a vehicle collision occurs, oftentimes the at-fault party or parties can be held liable for the injuries and losses that occur as a result of negligence. Additionally, when the at-fault party is a common carrier, such as a Metro bus, the standard of care that must be used in transporting its passengers is elevated. A common carrier must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person when transporting its passengers. Common carriers must keep up with modern improvements and must adopt commonly accepted safety designs and devices in the vehicles and equipment they use for transporting passengers. Moreover, the standard of care for common carriers is further heightened when transporting disabled persons or children.
When the investigation of this collision unfolds, if one or more of the drivers are determined to be at-fault, the injured victims can seek compensation for damages including hospitalization, continuing medical expenses, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injury, lost wages and emotional distress. It is always advisable for victims to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the investigation and protect their legal rights and interests.