UCSF Shuttle Crash Kills Associate Professor

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2011

July 18, 2011

According to CBS-San Francisco, a collision between a University of California-San Francisco shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer has raised questions as to whether or not seat belts should be required on buses and other passenger transportation vehicles.

The shuttle was traveling east on Oak Street through an intersection with Octavia Boulevard around 6:20 AM, taking the professor and 15 other passengers to work at San Francisco General Hospital. According to witness reports, the shuttle driver ran a red light and struck an 18-wheeler. An associate professor with the university was declared dead at the scene after being ejected from the bus and run over by the 18-wheeler. Four others were also injured, and transported to San Francisco General to be treated for their injuries. They were last listed in fair condition.

The bus driver has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash. Many feel the use of seat belts would have saved a life and prevented several trips to the hospital following this crash. According to the law, a vehicle carrying 10 passengers or more is not required to have seat belts. UCSF spokeswoman Elizabeth Fernandez states the university’s 50 shuttles each carry around 22 people, and therefore meet that requirement.

Laws do not always protect people from injuries. If you or someone you know sustained injuries in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the California Truck Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers may be able to help you collect compensation for your injuries.