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North Highlands RT Bus Causes Pedestrian Injury

Orange Grove Avenue Accident Traps Pedestrian Under RT Bus

A pedestrian injury accident involving someone in a wheelchair occurred in North Highlands on September 14 after they were struck by Regional Transit bus No. 2852. The collision occurred in a residential area along Orange Grove Avenue near I-80 shortly before 6:00 a.m. According to the report, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews had to extricate the pedestrian, who was underneath the bus, and this was accomplished within minutes. 

Cause of Pedestrian Injury Accident Being Investigated

An ambulance transported the pedestrian to UC Davis Medical Center. No information has yet been released on the seriousness of their injuries or their condition. However, fire personnel reported that the pedestrian was breathing and awake, and injuries are reported to be minor to moderate. The investigation into the crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to determine how it occurred. Apparently, no one witnessed the pedestrian injury accident, however, authorities will be accessing nearby traffic cams to determine fault.

Factors Contributing to Bus Accidents

It is crucial to determine which party caused a motor vehicle accident, just like any other type of incident. The causes of bus accidents are as varied as the reasons for other kinds of crashes. Bus accidents are commonly caused by the following factors:

  • Poor training of the driver can lead to a pedestrian injury accident.
  • Distracted driving may be a problem with bus drivers as it is with others. Bus drivers are not allowed to eat or drink while driving as well as other distractions that could lead to an accident.
  • Speeding by the driver could cause a pedestrian injury.
  • Lack of maintenance can lead to an accident, especially if the brakes are not in good condition.

Who Would Be Responsible for Pedestrian Injury?

If the driver or a lack of maintenance leads to an accident, the Sacramento Regional Transit District could be held responsible for injuries. However, filing a claim against an agency or other government entity is different than for other personal injury claims. The injured party has only six months in which to file a claim. If the claim is filed too late, the court will refuse to hear the case.

Seeking Legal Help Following a Pedestrian Injury

A lawyer can investigate the pedestrian injury accident to determine the cause and who was at fault. If the government agency was negligent, it could be held responsible for the injury. In addition, the lawyer can negotiate with the government entity on the injured client’s behalf to obtain a successful resolution in the case.

What Can an Injured Person Recover by Placing a Claim?

The following is normally recovered in a personal injury claim:

  • All medical bills that arose from the accident can be recovered, including the ambulance fee, hospitalization, physician bills and recuperative care. If the injured party is still recovering after they are released, they may be entitled to a home health care provider and modifications made to the residence.
  • Lost wages are recoverable if the injured party held a job. If the injury continues into the future and they cannot work, that can be factored into the settlement.
  • Pain and suffering is a non-economic damage that can be recovered. This also includes compensation for the emotional and psychological damage the injured party suffered.

Personal Injury Lawyer in North Highlands

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a North Highlands personal injury lawyer. When you’ve been injured by a transit bus, you might be able to recover compensation to cover your medical bills and other losses. Call us at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice from one of our accident attorneys. We are also available at (800) 404-5400 or by sending us an online message.

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