When planning a night out on the town, many large groups arrange transportation ahead of time, so that they do not have to worry about finding a designated driver or coordinating rides at the last minute. Services such as cabs, limousines and party buses are popular choices. However, sometimes, it is the other drivers-including drunk or distracted drivers-that people have to worry about. Even when one group designates a driver, that does not mean that every other driver is acting with the same level of responsibility.
Recently, a party bus and a car crashed, leaving one woman dead and 10 others injured. The accident happened on Highway 101 at about 2 a.m. The driver of the car lost control and ended up turned around, facing oncoming traffic on the highway. The bus then slammed into the car. The car's passenger, a 36-year-old woman from San Mateo, was killed. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
When a driver or passenger is injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of some other driver, the responsible driver may be liable for any injuries to the accident victims. Drivers are always required to exercise reasonable care. Failure to use reasonable care, such as by speeding, not using turn signals or otherwise ignoring traffic laws, can be found to be negligence. Drunk driving is can be considered negligence as well.
In this tragic San Jose car accident, authorities suspect that both the car driver and the passenger had been drinking that night. Both drivers were injured, and one was taken to a local hospital. Eight party bus passengers were also taken to the hospital with moderate or minor injuries.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Party bus collides with a crashed car on Highway 101 in Burlingame," David DeBolt and Joe Rodriguez, May 26, 2013
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