A school bus carrying roughly 50 children was involved in an accident with a pair of pickup trucks the afternoon of Wednesday, November 8. According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Orange Avenue in Coronado between 9th and 10th streets. It’s an especially busy area dotted with various businesses and restaurants.
A representative from the Coronado Police Department said the school bus rear-ended two other vehicles, but did not provide information regarding who or what was to blame. The bus first hit a white pickup, causing a chain reaction that forced the truck to run into a blue pickup in front of it. Both pickups were stopped on Orange Avenue.
Fortunately, no one suffered injuries, although some of the children appeared to be frightened. Officials continued to investigate the crash after the kids were removed from the scene.
Determining fault in rear-end collisions
In most cases, a rear-end collision is the fault of the driver whose vehicle was positioned behind the other car. However, there are some exceptions. If the driver in front stops suddenly or illegally in the middle of the road, for example, that person may be at fault for the crash that ensues.
When multiple vehicles are legally stopped at a traffic light or sign, it’s the responsibility of any drivers approaching the traffic control light or stop sign to slow down and come to a stop themselves. If they strike another vehicle in the process, they will be considered at fault for the collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident or another type of traffic crash, you may need to seek compensation. For further guidance, contact a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.