When Eric Canoy drove to work a few weeks ago, we know that the last thing he expected was to end up in an accident with a VTA public transportation bus, but that is exactly what happened. As Canoy approached an intersection, he had a green light and proceeded on through, as anybody would. Unfortunately, a bus coming from the other way decided to also come through the intersection, even though they had a red light.
The two-vehicle collided and Canoy suffered minor injuries from the airbags deploying in his vehicle. His car was totaled.
Luckily, Canoy had a recording of the whole incident to show police. They agreed that he had a green light, but cited him for being at fault anyway. They say that the bus was already in the intersection turning and, despite Canoy having a green light, he should have yielded.
Thanks to some investigative reporting, cameras from the bus were also obtained that showed the bus driver had a red light and that they should have stopped. Why does this matter?
When it comes to insurance premiums and settlements for injuries, it absolutely matters who is at fault. If you end up in a situation like this and need a San Francisco bus accident attorney, Allegiance Law is here for you.
We have plenty of buses rolling around our streets. More than people realize. Think about all of the public transportation buses we have. Add those to the long-distance transportation buses and the thousands of school buses and we have some pretty busy streets.
The bus drivers in California must obtain their commercial driver’s license and be well trained to operate each bus they have to drive. If they are improperly trained, they are a danger to their passengers as well as anyone around the bus.
Under no circumstances should a bus driver ever operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They should also never be distracted by their phones or other devices.
When it comes to the bus itself, they should be regularly inspected and maintained by the agencies that own and operate them. Failure of any part of the bus can lead to devastating consequences.
Injuries from bus accidents can be severe. When a bus crashes, it has the potential to cause a mass casualty incident that can affect many vehicles around it as well as the passengers inside. Because of the weight and size of a bus, the damage inflicted will be more than what would happen in a regular vehicle accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can count on us to help. At Allegiance Law, our team will work tirelessly to prove your case and to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. When you need a San Francisco bus accident attorney, contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.