Most California residents expect that drivers who are entrusted with the safety of children while operating school buses are going to take an even greater level of care while driving than others. Sometimes, unfortunately, that proves to not be the case for every school bus driver. One 54-year-old bus driver now stands accused of driving under the influence in a bus accident that reportedly killed a pedestrian in Ventura, California, and may result in a wrongful death claim.
The fatal collision occurred in late September while the woman was driving a bus filled with 11 schoolchildren just after school ended for the day. As the school bus was headed northbound, it began making a left-hand turn. A that point, it slammed into a 75-year-old woman attempting to cross the street. Emergency personnel rushed the injured woman to an area hospital, but she tragically succumbed to her injuries.
Neither the accused bus driver nor the children on the bus were hurt in the incident. Authorities suspected that the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the fatal bus accident. She was subsequently charged with felony counts of DUI causing injury and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. They released the driver after she posted bond.
The family of the victim is left behind to pick up the pieces caused by this fatal motor vehicle accident. They retain the option to pursue a wrongful death claim against the accused bus driver through the California civil court system. Any lawsuit might well include the driver's employer as an additional defendant.
By proving the death of a loved one was caused by the negligence of others, families of car accident victims are able to achieve a sense of justice as well as reimbursement for the financial consequences of the tragedy.
Source: KTLA-LTV, "Bus Driver DUI: Ventura School Bus Driver Kills Pedestrian, Accused of DUI," Sept. 27, 2012