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Tragic Bus Accident Claims the Life of Rachel Martinez in South Sacramento County

A female cyclist sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a Regional Transit Bus in south Sacramento County. The shocking accident occurred at the intersection of Florin Road and East Parkway at approximately 6:10 p.m. on October 7, 2013. According to published reports, the cyclist was at the corner of East Parkway when the bus struck the rear tire of her bike. The force of the impact threw the victim off her bike and onto the ground into the path of the bus tire.

Tragically the victim sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead by emergency responders. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 51-year-old Rachel M. Martinez of Sacramento. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Martinez's family in their time of grief.

California Highway Patrol investigators are coordinating with witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage from a nearby gas station to get more information regarding the cause of this devastating accident. Some common causes of bus accidents include: bus driver negligence or error, hazardous road conditions, maintenance issues and defective parts and texting bus drivers. A comprehensive bus accident investigation is necessary to determine the exact cause of this accident and identify all potential sources of liability.

The dedicated lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP specialize in fighting for victims of bus accidents. Our legal team has extensive experience getting bus accident victims and their families the compensation they deserve. We represent victims of all types of bus accidents, including but not limited to those involving, Greyhound buses, metro buses, school buses, military buses, public transportation buses and private buses.

Accidents involving public transportation buses and metro buses are governed by the California Government Torts Claims Act. In order to bring a claim for damages, it must be filed with the public entity that is responsible for the bus within six months of the date of the accident. Accordingly, it is imperative to immediately contact an experienced bus accident lawyer to protect the victim's right to recover damages.

If you or a loved one have experienced a bus accident, call the legal team at Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP. One of our bus accident lawyers will provide you with a free case evaluation and help explain your rights. We are committed to fighting for bus accident victims and holding negligent bus drivers and bus companies accountable.