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Bus Cases - What Can be Learned from 75 Year Old Woman's Death ?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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On June 17/13  75 year old Naranjan Dhesi was killed in an accident involving a charter bus.

The accident took place on Ross Street at 63rd Ave in East Vancouver.

Accordingly to preminary reports the bus was chartered to take a group of people to Harrison Hot Springs for the day.

How did the accident happen ?

Sargent Randy Fincham of the Vancouver Police Department told the Vancouver Sun that as the woman stepped onto the bus it started rolling. Unfortunately, the bus wasn't  brought to a stop until it had travelled some 50 metres.

So who is responsible for this extremely unfortunate incident ? Where does the negligence lie ?

Here's a thumb nail sketch of the things yours truly would be looking into if I was handling this case:

1.  Did the bus involved have a history of any mechanical problems ( focusing on the brakes) ?;

2. When was the last time the brakes on the bus were inspected ( to take it a step further, I'd insist on a mechanical inspection to see if indeed there was a problem) ?;

3.  How much driving experience did the bus driver have ?

4. How long was the bus parked prior to the incident ?

5. Had anybody gotten on the bus prior to the incident ?

6.  If so, how much time passed between various people getting onto the bus and the accident ?

7.  Where was the deceased at all points in time as relates to the bus ? Was she in a position where the bus driver might have been able to see her prior to the accident ?

8.  Did the bus driver see the deceased at any point in time prior to the incident ? And if so when and  what exactly did he observe ?

9. I'd get the bus photographed.

10. I'd get the accident scene professional photographed and diagrammed; and

11. I'd have all witnesses ( including occupants of the bus) interviewed by a professional investigator.

And that's just a taste of what I'd do if I was involved in representing the family of the deceased.

Bus cases are complicated. And the evidence involved in proving a bus case disappears quickly.

Remember, bus cases are a breed apart.




Category: Bus Accidents

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