Millions of Californians rely on public transit to get to work or home or run required errands. Many of the large coastal cities that are less than pedestrian-friendly are especially dependent on trains, buses and ferries. In turn, these riders rely on smart, professional and dedicated drivers and operators to keep them safe and moving.
The California Highway Patrol arrested a 50-year-old bus driver from Goleta on suspicion that she was working under the influence of a controlled substance. The arrest occurred after the bus she was driving left the surface of Highway 101 in Los Alamos before descending a slope and coming to rest on its side after striking a tree.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries along with six of the 25 passengers on board at the time of the accident. The bus was carrying commuters to Santa Barbara from Northern California at the time of the accident, and many passengers were asleep until the bus came to rest.
As well as criminal charges related to driving under the influence, the driver and the bus operator may face civil lawsuits from passengers who were injured in the event. People injured in mass transit accidents may feel the need to seek financial restitution to help with medical expenses as well as the replacement of wages lost during treatment or recovery.
An attorney can help victims of accidents involving public transit by reviewing the facts and claims surrounding the incident in question. Legal representation may increase the chances of an effective claim for financial damages and compensation for pain and emotional distress.