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Escondido Bus Accident Injures Seven in Valley Center

UNION-TRIBUNE  Dean Calbreath reported that  a North County Transit District bus driver and six passengers were injured on August 28, 2010, as a result of a pickup truck entering their lane and collided with the bus. The bus accident happened around 2 p.m. on North Lake Wohlford Road near Valley Center Road.  California Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Payson said that the southbound truck swerved into northbound lanes and struck the bus. The truck driver  was not injured, however the bus driver  and several passengers sustained injuries and were transported to a local hospital by ambulance. The truck driver was  suspected of using a cell phone while driving and being distracted, which caused the truck accident.

Applicable California Law

California Vehicle Code 21651 makes it illegal to cross over a barrier, or double yellow lines, unless designated to do so. In addition, California Vehicle Code 32123 mandates hands free use of cell phones while operating a vehicle.  Lake Wohlford Road is a thoroughfare divided by double yellow lines and the truck driver’s conduct,  by crossing into oncoming traffic, constituted a violation of statute. Furthermore, if the driver of the truck was in fact operating the vehicle while using a cell phone without a hands free device, which contributed to causing the accident, he would also be in violation of statute. Thus, the truck driver would be liable for the damage to the bus as well as the personal injuries to the occupants

Having  personally traveled Lake Wohlford Road on several occasions, and  represented several people who sustained injuries in  vehicular accidents on that road,  I know that driving  on that road  can be dangerous.  The hazards of vehicular accidents resulting in serious injuries is even greater when they involve large vehicles resulting in  trucks accidents, buses accidents, or auto accidents. If you, or a loved one has sustained serious injuries caused by a  careless driver, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.