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School Bus Strikes Van on Highway 17 in Scotts Valley

A terrifying bus accident occurred on October 1, 2012, in Scotts Valley, California. According to published reports, a Monte Vista Christian School bus was travelling through the Santa Cruz mountains on Highway 17 during the evening rush hour commute. The school bus struck a Penske van head-on and both vehicles sustained major front end damage. The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Mount Hermon Road off-ramp and the La Madrona Drive off-ramp.

According to published reports, the driver of the van was transported to a nearby medical facility after sustaining life-threatening injuries. The driver of the van has been described as a 28-year-old Oakland resident. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts are with the victim in hopes that he makes a complete and speedy recovery.
The driver of the school bus also sustained undisclosed injuries. Fortunately, there were not any students on the bus at the time of the collision.
California Highway Patrol investigators have not yet released any information regarding the cause of this bus accident. A comprehensive investigation will determine whether bus maintenance issues or defective parts contributed to this accident. Another possibility is that bus driver negligence or error caused this accident. Driver fatigue, intoxication, speeding, or inattention can put the safety of innocent victims at risk. The school or public entity responsible for supervising the driver may be held liable if the driver was negligent or did not adhere to mandated safety standards.
The experienced California bus accident lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP are committed to making bus drivers and their employers pay for their negligence. Our team specializes in all types of bus accidents including: school buses, military buses, metro buses, party buses, tour buses, MUNI buses and Greyhound buses.

We are familiar with the various techniques utilized by bus companies to minimize, delay, and deny valid bus accident injury claims. We utilize our familiarity with these techniques to fight for our clients and get them the compensation they deserve. This often includes damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, future medical treatment and punitive damages. If you or a loved one have been injured in a California bus accident call our office today for a free consultation