An MTA bus crashed into a Queens bagel shop early in the morning on April 7 leaving five people injured. According to a report in the New York Post, the Q18 bus was traveling on 58th Street near Woodside Avenue in Sunnyside when a Honda sedan ran a red light at a high rate of speed and struck the side of the bus. Police said the MTA bus then barreled into Bagels Plus at the street corner. Six or seven passengers were trapped inside the bus and had to exit through its rear doors.
There were fewer than 10 passengers inside the bus. The bus driver was taken to a local hospital for injuries to his wrist and ankle. Two bus passengers were evaluated at the scene, but did not need further treatment. Two others were also examined by EMS at the scene. A Department of Buildings spokesman said the agency has ordered the building owner to board up the bagel shop until repairs can be made. No charges were filed against either driver at the time. The investigation is ongoing.
Potential for Serious Injuries
In February 2019 alone, there were 15,949 traffic accidents in New York City, according to NYPD’s statistics. We’ve seen a number of crashes in New York City involving vehicles crashing into buildings. These types of accidents may result in major injuries or even fatalities. It is indeed fortunate that the storeowner had delayed opening the bagel shop for business the morning this crash occurred. He told the Post that more people might have been injured had this bus collision occurred a little later.
Such bus accidents typically involve injuries including, but not limited to:
Traumatic brain injuries: These occur often from a blow to the head. Brain injuries may range from a concussion to severe trauma such as a skull fracture. Victims who suffer brain injuries may suffer lifelong disabilities and may never be able to return to work or earn a livelihood. They may also require ongoing treatment and therapeutic intervention.
Spinal cord trauma: Back and neck injuries may not be life-threatening, but they tend to result in disabilities and/or chronic pain. These kinds of injuries may also require lengthy rehabilitation and therapy. In severe cases, victims may become confined to a wheelchair or become partially or fully paralyzed.
Broken bones: Bone fractures often require extensive treatment and rehabilitation. Individuals may need to take a significant amount of time away from work, which means they may lose wages, or sometimes, even their job.
Internal injuries: Victims hit by a vehicle may suffer significant damage to internal organs such as kidneys, lungs and spleen. This type of damage to the organs may cause internal bleeding and prove life-threatening.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
An injured traffic accident victim may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through what may become a complex process and help you maximize the compensation that you can receive. A number of different parties may be held liable for the injuries and damages caused in such crashes. It would be in your best interest not to talk to other parties or their attorneys or insurance companies. Anything you say, or even post on social media, may be used against you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a reckless driver or due to someone else’s negligence (carelessness), 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.
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.
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