Three people sustained injuries when one city bus clipped another at a transit stop in National City in early April.
According to National City Fire Department officials, the driver of one of the two buses was trying to get around the other, which was pulled over to pick up and drop off its passengers. The collision resulted in minor injuries to three passengers, who were transported to Paradise Valley Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Police officers briefly closed the intersection to investigate the accident. Each of the buses sustained minor damage, as well.
Determining liability after a bus accident
Claims for injuries and damage to property related to bus accidents proceed in much the same way as they do for typical car accidents. Injured parties file claims against the liable parties and/or their insurance providers. However, it can be more difficult to determine who or what was at fault for a bus accident.
For example, in cases involving a crash between a car and a bus, passengers on the bus could seek monetary damages from the driver of the car if he or she was responsible. Or, they could file a claim against a public transit agency if the bus driver was to blame.
In this recent case, both vehicles involved were Metropolitan Transit System buses, which means those injured could seek compensation from that agency. Even though it appears a bus driver was responsible for the accident, that person was acting in accordance with his or her job duties. Thus, the transit agency would be responsible through a legal concept known as vicarious liability.
If you need to explore your legal options after a public transit accident in the San Diego area, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.