- February 12, 2023
- In airport Accidents
Five People Injured After American Airlines Jet Hit Shuttle Bus At The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the collision took place Friday night. The America Airlines Airbus A321 did not have passengers when it collided with a shuttle bus transporting passengers.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A total of five people were treated by paramedics at the scene and four people were taken to the hospital.
The American Airlines jet was apparently being pulled by a tug at the time of the collision. A full investigation into the crash at LAX remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Shuttle Bus Collisions At LAX
While commercial aviation in the United States is among the safest forms of transport. According to Forbes, no one died in a crash of a United States-certificated schedule airline anywhere in the world in the year 2016. This compares to roughly 35,000 people dying in car collisions every year in the US alone. The vast majority of plane crashes that do take place occur in private aviation. There are a number of reasons that commercial flights are typically very safe.
- Pilots are well trained and commercial flights typically require two pilots.
- Planes are supposed to be regularly inspected and well maintained.
- The air traffic controller helps pilots safely land and take off to prevent collisions.
Still, commercial airlines and shuttle buses are both considered common carriers and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” There are a number of common causes of ground collisions at an airport.
- The operator of an aircraft or passenger bus may not have been paying adequate attention to the road ahead of them.
- The air traffic controller may have given poor instructions to the operator of a jet.
- The operator of a jet or shuttle bus may have been distracted prior to a crash.
Any person that is injured in a shuttle bus collision at LAX may be able to seek compensation through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for some time after a collision. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything up-front to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your claim.
We at Samer Habbas & Associates, PC extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this collision. This was a preventable crash that should not have taken place. Typically, shuttle buses are not supposed to operate so close to moving jets. This accident raises serious safety concerns that need to be addressed. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a crash at LAX? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You are always welcome to contact us anytime at (949) 727-9300 for a FREE consultation.
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