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California bus crash leaves teen driver seriously injured

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Ensuring that children are safe is one of a parent's highest priorities, whether the children are elementary school age or teenagers. Others, such as school teachers and coaches place a high value on safety as well. However, accidents of all types can happen, including school bus accidents.

An 18-year-old driver was recently involved in an accident with a school bus in Lake Elsinore. The 18-year-old's car was wedged partially under the bus, and the driver had to be cut from the wreckage. He has been hospitalized with serious injuries. The bus driver also was examined at the hospital. The bus was carrying three dozen middle school students on their way to Canyon Lake Middle School, none of whom were injured in the accident.

At the time of the accident, the bus driver was at an intersection, preparing to turn. The bus driver did not properly judge the speed of the teenager's approaching car, according to the California Highway Patrol. The teen driver was unable to avoid the bus by stopping in time.

Car accident liability is determined under legal theory of negligence. All drivers have to use reasonable care when driving, and when a driver fails in this regard, and that failure causes an accident, that driver could be found liable for any injuries to accident victims or damage caused by that negligence. Actions such as speeding, running stop signs or traffic lights or failing to use a turn signal are common factors that courts look at when determining whether a driver was negligent. In this type of accident, where two drivers are involved, courts may look at factors such as whether the bus driver used a turn signal or whether the teenage driver was speeding at the time.

Source: MercuryNews.com, "2 drivers hurt in Lake Elsinore school bus crash," April 12, 2013

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