This blog has frequently commented on the difficulty of determining the causes of auto and truck collisions. Accidents happen rapidly and usually without warning, and persons who are involved frequently have differing recollections about what happened. A recent truck accident on an exit ramp on the 405 freeway once again demonstrates the point.
The collision was reported to police at about 5:40 a.m. A Metro Transit Authority bus was traveling east on Jefferson Boulevard when it collided with a dump truck that was leaving the freeway on the northbound ramp. One of the bus passengers who talked to police said that he was sleeping when the accident occurred and that he did not know what had occurred. He felt a hard impact but apparently did not see the truck before the accident happened. Six people were on the bus, five passengers and the driver, and only the driver was riding on the truck. Four people were taken to nearby hospitals in need of "immediate" medical attention, but police did not indicate whether either driver was among them.
Police had no immediate explanation for the crash. The traffic signal at the scene appeared to be working, although police did not immediately state the color of the lights at the time of the accident. Police were also looking at mechanical failure or driver error as potential causes. Either driver may have been at inattentive, or either vehicle may have suffered a mechanical failure, such as faulty breaks.
The injured passengers will have claims for damages against whichever party is at fault. If both drivers are judged to have been negligent, the injured passengers will have claims against both the Metro Transit Authority and the owner and operator of the truck. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to consult an attorney who specializes in traffic accident cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can analyze the facts of the case and provide a useful estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Passengers Injured When Dump Truck Crashes Into Metro Bus Next to 405 Freeway," Toni Guinyard, Aug. 31, 2016