A 20-year-old unlicensed driver may have made an improper turn near the Holland Tunnel on the New Jersey side causing a collision with a bus on the morning of July 6, which injured 14 people. According to an NBC New York news report, 14 of the 42 bus passengers suffered injuries in the accident, which occurred near Jersey Avenue and 12th Street. The victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining riders were put on other buses.
It wasn’t clear if the driver of the car was injured. The vehicle was heavily damaged and jammed between a structure and the traffic pole that the bus hit. Port Authority officials say the driver was cited for careless driving in addition to being unlicensed. The crash is still under investigation.
According to the most recent statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 19 percent of motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers who had invalid licenses. Drivers without a valid license accounted for 13 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes. The report also showed that nighttime crashes were more likely to involve unlicensed drivers. Other than those under age 16, drivers 21 to 34 years old had the highest proportion of invalid licenses in fatal crashes.
Bus Accident Injuries
It appears that the victims of this New York City car versus bus accident were all passengers on the bus. When a bus collides with another vehicle, there is likely to be a significant jolt or lurching, which may cause passengers to fall or get thrown inside the bus. In some cases, passengers may even be ejected from the bus.
Bus passengers are at risk of serious injuries including:
• Head injuries: These are extremely common in bus crashes when passengers are thrown around in the vehicle or hit their head against the window or other parts of the bus. Brain injuries, when severe, may be debilitating and even result in permanent disabilities.
• Neck and back injuries: A fall may cause bus passengers to sustain injuries to the spinal cord, affecting the neck and the back.
• Broken bones: Victims of bus accidents may also suffer multiple broken bones, which might require extensive treatment and rehabilitation. Some bone fractures may result in permanent deformities or disabilities.
• Sprains and strains: These are some of the most common types of injuries sustained in bus accidents. Even though they sound or appear less serious, some of these injuries result in chronic pain and the need for extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
Compensation for Injured Victims
In cases where a bus driver’s negligence causes the accident, bus passengers may be able to seek compensation for their injuries and damages from the bus company or transit authority, depending on the case. When another driver causes the accident, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help protect victims’ rights and help ensure that they receive maximum compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.
It would be in your best interest to collect as much evidence as possible from the scene of the crash including names for all parties involved, photographs of the accident scene, contact information for eyewitnesses, etc. Be sure to preserve your bus ticket as well. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Injured bus accident victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a distracted and negligent driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
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