Police Still Looking for Cause of Fatal San Jose Bus Accident

Law enforcement officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fatal Greyhound bus crash on U.S. 101 in mid-January. Thus far, authorities have confirmed that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, and that there were no apparent mechanical problems with the vehicle. A California Highway Patrol officer speculated that the likely cause was driver fatigue.

The accident occurred around 6:30 am on Tuesday, January 19, close to the connector ramp between Highway 85 and Highway 101. Witnesses say the bus was traveling northbound on Highway 101 in a steady rain when it struck safety barrels on the highway and turned on its side, coming to a stop in the center divider. Officials said there were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Two passengers were killed and 18 others were treated for injuries, including the driver of the bus.
A number of passengers on the bus said that the driver had stopped about half an hour before the crash to get a cup of coffee, saying he was tired. Some even suggested that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, but that could not be confirmed.

The bus left Los Angeles at 11:30 pm on Monday night, and had scheduled stops at San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. The driver apparently stopped in Gilroy to get a cup of coffee. Drivers are required to take at least nine hours of rest between shifts. Authorities could not confirm whether the driver had taken the mandatory time off.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 75 combined years of experience to people in and around Northern California & the Bay Area who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motor vehicle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

One year marks one million rides on BART to Oakland!

November 21 marks one year of active service for the automated BART to OAK line between Oakland International Airport and Coliseum Station.  Coincidentally, it is also expected to reach the one millionth passenger trip milestone at some point this weekend – a sign of its tremendous success and growing reputation among riders.

“The BART to OAK line is clean, modern and convenient for riders,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison. “Based on feedback from our riders both in surveys and on social media, they agree and appreciate just how quick the ride is.”

BART to OAK’s popularity was quickly made apparent, with a 36.5% increase in ridership compared to the AirBART shuttle bus previously serving as the link between BART and the airport.  A constantly growing daily average of 3,300 entries and exits highlights the importance of a rail connection to air travel – especially as Oakland International continues to experience large increases in passenger traffic alongside expanded service routes.

Oakland Airport spokesperson Keonnis Taylor said, “The airport is delighted to be celebrating our first year of partnership with BART by also commemorating the one millionth BART to OAK passenger. It’s an exciting way to begin the holiday season, and to continue the trend of growth the airport has seen this year.”

Furthermore, BART passenger surveys underscored the positive ridership numbers, reporting a 99% approval rating of the new train system – i.e., describing the service as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ Reliability also helped boost passengers’ perceptions: BART to OAK had a 99.7% service availability rating during the previous quarter.

As 2015 wraps up, BART is again expecting a significant increase in airport passengers during the holiday season.  To help travelers, BART will be making an additional 400 long-term airport parking spaces available systemwide for this year’s holiday season – so if you’re planning on traveling far away to see loved ones, BART has your transit needs covered.

15 Passengers Injured in Trolley-Bus Collision at Market and Gough Streets, San Francisco, 6/12/13

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 around 11:10 a.m., a collision between a streetcar/trolley and a bus occurred near the intersection of Market Stret and Gough Streets, San Francisco. 15 passengers, 7 of which were children, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the collision.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bus accidents, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, auto, truck and bicycle accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bus accident or auto, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist Injured in Collision with Bus at Prospect Road & S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose, on 5/24/13

On Friday, May 24, 2013 around 2:15 p.m., an elderly man riding a bicycle was struck by a school bus as he crossed the intersection of Prospect Road and South DeAnza Blvd. In San Jose.

The bicyclist was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. It is unknown if there were any passengers on the school bus at the time of the collision.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle accidents and wrongful death claims, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, truck and bus accident cases, and wrongful death cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding an auto accident or wrongful death claim, or motorcycle, bus, bicycle, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bus vs. Car Collision at Twin Peaks & Portola, San Francisco, on 5/16/13

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 16, 2013 around 3:55 p.m., a collision occurred between a tour bus and a car. The driver of the car sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. It is not known if there were any injured persons on the tour bus.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in automobile and bus accidents and serious injury claims, as well as motorcycle, bicycle, truck and pedestrian accident cases, and wrongful death cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding an auto accident, bus accident, motorcycle accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Tour Bus Crash in California

Officials are investigating a recent collision in a fatal tour bus crash in San Bernardino County where at least eight people died in the accident. An additional 38 people were injured after a tour bus careened out of control while traveling down a mountain road. The tour bus was carrying Mexican tourists when it struck a car and then flipped over and plowed into a pickup truck on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The bus was returning to Tijuana, Mexico. It is reported that the debris and body parts created a horrifying scene.

The bus could not be entered until Monday because the wreck was hanging dangerously off the side a road. The company that organized the bus trip, InterBus Tours of Tijuana, Mexico, offered its condolences to all of those affected and stated that the company that operated the bus involved in the crash had not had any crashes in the past two years. Full article.

Tour bus crashes are fast becoming one of the more common causes of car accident injury in this country. Under California state law, a driver that makes a left hand turn must yield to any vehicle that comes from the other way which will cross the path of the turn before the turn is completed.

Many drivers fail to assess if a turn can be safely completed and this can cause many accidents to ensue. Once the accident occurs, it is important to contact your local area auto accident attorney.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a car accident or personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

San Francisco Bicycle – Bus Accident Claim Settles for $5.36 Million

The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on the multimillion-dollar settlement of a civil lawsuit for injuries suffered by a bicycle rider when struck by a Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) bus near Ocean Beach in November 2008.

Though neither party provided comment about the injuries or the settlement, the $5.36 million amount was negotiated between the injured bicyclist’s attorneys and the San Francisco City Attorney’s office. The settlement was later approved by MUNI’s board.

Settlement documents filed in June 2011 stated that the injured man is under a court – approved conservatorship to manage his financial affairs, which indicates that his injuries were severe enough to render him incapable of accepting the settlement on his own. The Examiner report went on to mention that the amount paid to resolve his claim was more than double the amount necessary to settle the claims filed against MUNI following a 2009 light-rail accident at the West Portal Station, in which more than 40 people were injured.

MUNI now carries liability insurance to cover catastrophic injury claims in excess of $5 million up to a limit of $25 million, but the agency carried no such insurance at the time of the November 2008 bus – bike accident. The settlement will be paid from MUNI’s 2011–12 operating fund.

Proving Liability and Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

Proof of catastrophic injury claims in a bicycle-bus accident first depends on the plaintiff’s ability to show that the defendant driver was negligent. In the Ocean Beach accident, the bus driver was alleged to have failed to stop before making a left turn onto the highway where the bicyclist was struck. The driver also allegedly failed to signal the turn while accelerating through it. The bicyclist was hit while crossing the highway from a bike path. Proof of these allegations would have been more than enough to prove negligence in court.

Although the specific nature of the injuries was not reported in the settlement, they must have been horrific to support a settlement of more than $5 million. Proof of damages in cases of permanent or disabling injuries typically depends on the plaintiff’s ability to provide detailed documentation as to the full range of injuries suffered, past and projected treatment expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

In the most severe cases, the anticipated cost of the injured person’s in – home assistance, nursing care, adaptive technology, rehabilitative or vocational therapy, and other expenses will also be included in the damages demand. Each of these elements of loss will normally need to be proved through qualified experts.

Call a San Francisco Bike Accident Lawyer: 866-288-6010

With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Rafael, the personal injury attorneys of Weber & Nierenberg offer dependable advice and highly skilled advocacy on behalf of people throughout northern California who need to understand their legal options in the aftermath of a serious bicycle accident. To find out how our lawyers can meet the challenges of your case, contact us by e-mail or phone to arrange a free consultation at any of our locations, or visit our website.

 
 
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