San Diego 10 News reported that 11 students were injured in a bus accident at the Golden Acorn Casino on the Campo Indian Reservation on 5/18/10. The fifth grade students from Yuma, Arizona stopped at the casino for a break on their way to the San Diego Zoo, when the bus hit a light pole propelling them out of there seats and injuring several students. According to Mike Mahler of Cal Fire, the children were taken to Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Alvarado Hospital to be examined. Although the accident is still under investigation, reports say the bus driver was turning and did not see the pole.
Applicable California Law
The parents, as the injured children’s representatives, would have potential claims against both the driver of the bus as well as the company who employed the driver, assuming the driver did not work for the school district, which owned the bus. The school district could be liable, if the bus driver was one of their employees, and claims would need to be filed with the appropriate agencies in compliance with local Arizonian laws. As a general rule, the place where an accident occurs is where any potential law suites should be filed. Since the incident took place on an Indian Reservation, and the U.S. government recognizes Indian Tribes as sovereign nations, their tribal laws would govern the policies and procedures for resolving any law suites. However, in Southern California the cases would be adjudicated by the Intertribal Court of Southern California if a tribal member or the casino was partially responsible for the accident. If all the parties to the law suit reside in Arizona, then the action could be brought in that jurisdiction.
A simple trip to the zoo resulted in an accident causing personal injury. A brief moment of inattention or distraction can result in injury or death. Auto accidents, pedestrian accidents or any accident involving a large vehicle, such as a bus accidents, can cause injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bus accident, talking to an experienced personal injury attorney can help resolve complicated issues