CBS SanFrancisco reports that the Deputy Sheriff from Alameda County has
died after his Volkswagen Beetle was rear-ended by a bus carrying Tesla
employees. Initial reports indicate that the man was traveling eastbound
on Interstate 580 when traffic slowed, causing him to be stopped in traffic.
The bus failed to reduce speed and slammed into the beetle. The driver
indicated that the sun had been in his eyes and he did not see the car
before the crash. One of the passengers on the bus sustained minor injuries.
The bus was operated by a third-party shuttle company not owned by Tesla.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Whenever an accident occurs, it is important to conduct an investigation
into all of the potential causes. Many times, an incident may have several
different causes. While a driver’s actions are a significant component,
other issues are relevant and should be examined. For example, what was
the condition of the roadway at the time of the accident? Was the road
properly maintained? Were there any obstructions? Another important consideration
is the condition of the vehicles involved. Did either have faulty or defective
parts? Another question to address is the weather conditions and the time
of day. Nighttime driving in rainy conditions may be more treacherous
than driving on a clear day.
The incident remains under investigation.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in Bay
Area motor vehicle accident, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers
at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.