Several People Injured In Fresno School Bus Collision Along Highway 41 and Shields Avenue
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (March 14, 2023) – Multiple people were injured in a Fresno school bus accident along Highway 41 not far from Shields Avenue.
Fresno County officials are saying that the collision took place on Thursday afternoon. A bus was transporting 25 students when it was involved in a collision.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victims. Several students were transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Fresno School Bus Accidents
Buses tend to be very safe for their passengers. But they can be particularly dangerous for those in smaller vehicles. According to The Journalist’s Resource, “about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury.” Bus drivers should take a number of steps to avoid collisions.
- Bus drivers should continuously scan the road ahead of them.
- Bus drivers should check their blind spots before changing lanes.
- Bus drivers should slow down during periods of inclement weather.
Bus drivers must exercise due care to avoid collisions. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21703, the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a bus driver fails to slow down to avoid causing an accident, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The FMCSA requires commercial buses that can carry 16 or more people to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a school bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A California School Bus Accident
We at TorkLaw extend our best wishes to the kids injured in this Fresno school bus collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other accidents like this.
Hav you or someone that you care about been injured in a Fresno school bus accident? There are a number of laws that can help you. Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 441-4991.