Sixteen people were injured after an MTA bus crashed into a three-story building in Brooklyn the afternoon of June 7. According to an NBC New York news report, the bus accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. when the bus slammed head-on into the building on Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The bus was traveling south on Bedford Avenue before the crash.
FDNY and other emergency personnel responded to the scene within minutes and helped evacuate the bus as well as people inside the building. In all, 16 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and 13 people were transported to a hospital. Inspectors and engineers from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) were dispatched to the scene, finding that the structural stability had been compromised enough to make the building unsafe to occupy.
DOB engineers issued emergency work orders to repair the front of the building, which had to be done in order to remove the bus safely from the building. MTA representatives said their initial investigation of the crash did not indicate the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed and that there wasn’t any evidence of a mechanical issue.
MTA officials also stated that the 55-year-old bus driver had been on the job for 13 years with only a few incidents on his record. However, it is not clear what type of incidents these were and what was involved. It is indeed a relief that none of the victims here appear to have been seriously injured.
Based on this news report, officials say they don’t believe speed or a mechanical issue with the bus caused this accident. However, in such cases it is important to look into whether the driver may have been impaired, fatigued, distracted or otherwise negligent (careless) at the time of the crash. It is also important to understand whether the driver suffered a medical episode that was triggered by some underlying health condition. In cases where the bus driver is determined to have been negligent (careless), both the driver and his or her employer can be held financially responsible for the injuries damages and losses caused.
Injured victims can take a number of steps in these types of cases in order to protect their rights. First, it is important they obtain a copy of the police report. Your personal injury lawyer can help you secure a copy of this report, which contains important details such as time, place, location of the incident, the parties involved and often, who was at fault.
Victims would be well advised to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for their injuries. This establishes a record of the type of injuries they sustained and the treatment they received for those injuries. It is also a good idea to collect as much evidence as possible from the scene of the crash including cell phone photos and videos and contact information for witnesses. Immediately contact an experienced New York City bus accident lawyer who will be able to remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) 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.
For nearly 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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