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Young Bicyclist Killed in School Bus Accident in Glendale California 5-2-13

Young Bicyclist Killed in School Bus Accident in Glendale California 5-2-13 According to news reports and law enforcement officials at the scene of the accident a 14 year old bicyclist was struck by a school bus and dragged underneath. There were no children on the bus at the time of the collision with the bicyclist; and there are no reports of any other injuries or fatalities. The 14 year old has not been identified by local law enforcement however new reports indicate that he was in 7th grade. It is unknown whether the 7th grade student attended Theodore Roosevelt Middle School located a few steps from the location of the accident. The school bus accident took place near Columbus Avenue and Riverside drive in Glendale California. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined. Legal Implications: Under California School Bus Safety Laws V C Section 12517.1 a School Bus accident must be investigated by the Department of California Highway Patrol. Possible parties that may be held liable for the death of the 14 year old include. School Liability – A school district can be held liable if the cause of the accident was error on the part of the driver employed by the school. School Bus Manufacturer Liability – For the manufacturing of defective school bus resulting in the accident. School Bus Maintenance Crew – In many instances 3rd parties are given the task of maintaining school buses. Liability against 3rd party maintenance companies cab be established if the cause of the accident was the improper maintenance and upkeep of the mechanical crew.

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Wrongful Death Claims is the State of California: Under California law family members of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against all at fault (liable) parties. Under California’s wrongful death laws individuals who are permitted to file a claim include, “The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.”

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