[02-22-2024] Sutter County, CA – Two Students Injured Following Bus vs. Vehicle Collision Along Highway 20 Near Meridian

[02-22-2024] Two Students Injured Following Bus vs. Vehicle Collision Along Highway 20 Near MeridianTwo students were injured following a bus vs. vehicle collision near Meridian in Sutter County on Thursday morning, February 22, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 20 and South Tarke Road.

A 29-year-old driver of a 2014 Ford Fusion was traveling during heavy fog when it collided with a yellow school bus driven by a 64-year-old man from Marysville.

Two of the 19 children aboard, an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, sustained minor injuries. They were transported to Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital in Marysville.

The Ford driver was also hospitalized with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported among the driver and passengers of the bus.

Additional reports indicate that the bus had its rooftop fog strobe and headlights active while the other driver was traveling 60 mph in a 55 mph zone and failed to stop in time.

The authorities have not released further information about the collision.

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What To Do After a Bus Accident

No one can predict a collision, but you can prepare for one. A bus accident checklist can help you stay calm and organized after a bus crash. It can tell you what to do, what not to do, and how best to protect your rights. Here’s what to do:

  1. Stay Calm. Stay on the scene and make sure everyone is okay. Check yourself for injuries first, and then check with others. Remain calm, and do not admit fault.
  2. Get to a Safe Location. Move elsewhere if you can. Get somewhere safe to wait for the police.
  3. Call 911. Call the police to report the accident unless the crash was very minor, with no injuries or property damage. The police can document the incident, gather information, and make it part of an official record.
  4. Exchange Information. Swap names, phone numbers, and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. If possible, take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and other vital details.
  5. Do Not Admit Fault. Only state the facts when speaking with a police officer. Be as detailed as possible in your description of the collision.
  6. Seek Medical Attention. Go to the hospital or your primary doctor as soon as possible. Immediate medical care can help reduce the damage you suffer from injuries. Tests and scans can identify internal injuries that may not show symptoms yet.
  7. Report to Your Insurance Company. Most insurers have time limits on how soon you must report an accident in California. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions for reporting your incident.
  8. Speak to Insurance Adjusters. After the accident, you may receive a phone call from the other party’s insurance company. You may speak to the claims adjuster, but do not give away any more information than is necessary. Do not record a statement or accept an insurance settlement offer until you speak to an attorney.
  9. Create a File. Keep accident-related documents together and organized. Your file should include a copy of the police report, medical bills, the other driver’s information, injury treatment plans, and any other documents you’ve collected regarding the incident.
  10. Call Our Bus Accident Law Firm at (888) 488-1391. Speak to our bus accident attorneys so you can discuss your accident without risk or obligation. We can determine whether your case has merit, help you talk to insurance companies, and assist you in filing a personal injury claim if necessary.


Bus Accident Statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 5,904 fatalities involved large trucks and buses in 2021, an 18% increase from 2020. There were 119,000 injuries recorded in the same year.

These fatalities specifically involved 80 school buses, 17 intercity buses, and 78 transit buses. Half of the vehicles were used for transporting students to and from school, while the other half carried commuters to and from work.

From the 164 fatalities in 2020, buses involved in fatal crashes increased to 204. These fatalities can occur when bus drivers are careless or don’t follow protocol. Accidents on the road can also be caused by other forms of carelessness, such as failing to keep buses in good working order or providing inadequate training for drivers.

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