California police are still investigating an accident that sent 25 people to the hospital and blocked traffic for a period of time. Over 40 victims were initially evaluated by emergency responders, many of whom had been passengers on a bus. Motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks or buses tend to be severe, and at least five of those injured in this wreck were listed in serious condition.
Although the factors leading up the accident are still not clear, reports indicate that the chain reaction of collisions started when a private bus hit several other vehicles. After causing a series of collisions in the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, the driver of the bus apparently lost control of the vehicle crashed through the center concrete divider. From there it crossed into oncoming traffic, striking other cars until it finally came to a rest.
There were approximately 37 people traveling on the private bus. Authorities did not indicate how many of these passengers were among those transported to the hospital. However, of the 25 taken for treatment, 20 were listed in fair condition while the other five -- four of whom were between the ages of 49 and 88 -- were critically injured.
Victims of serious motor vehicle accidents often struggle with their recoveries. Not only is there the physical side of recovery to consider, but few people are truly prepared for the emotional and financial aftermath of suffering a serious injury. For California victims, a successfully pursued personal injury claim can hold a negligent driver responsible for his or her actions and provide much-needed compensation.