San Jose Bus Yard Accident Claims Transit Worker's Life

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Apr-2013

Bus accidents can cause serious injuries to passengers, motorists, and pedestrians. However, many experienced San Jose bus accident attorneys have also seen accidents in which a bus accident injures or kills a bus company employee.

Such an accident occurred recently at a San Jose bus yard used by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. A 62-year-old employee was struck by one of the VTA’s buses while he was working in the bus yard. He lost his life two days later as a result of the severe injuries he suffered in the crash.

The driver of the bus that struck the worker has been placed on administrative leave while the accident is investigated, according to the VTA. The agency also noted that such accidents were unusual in its bus yards and indicated its sorrow at the loss of the worker, who had been with the VTA for 22 years. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the incident.

Commercial buses and trucks may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Even when empty, these vehicles may weigh 20,000 pounds. Their size and momentum can cause severe injuries when a bus collides with an unprotected pedestrian. To make matters more challenging, buses have significant “blind zones” due to their size and height. Although commercial bus drivers are trained to reduce the risks that come with these blind zones, an object or person can easily be lost within them – and it only takes a moment of distraction or carelessness on the part of a driver or other vehicle for an accident to occur.

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