Three people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a bus accident after an MTA bus and a private charter bus collided the morning of Monday, Sept. 18. According to a CBS New York news report, the driver of the charter bus, a former MTA bus driver fired two years ago after a DUI arrest, was among those killed. The crash occurred around 6:15 a.m. as the charter bus was heading east on Northern Boulevard in Queens.
Officials said the bus struck the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus whose driver was attempting a right turn onto Northern Boulevard from Main Street. The charter bus, with the Dahlia Group, crashed into the back of the city bus, causing it to spin around. The impact of the collision also sent the charter bus through the entrance of a fast food restaurant and a cell phone store, killing the charter bus driver, who was the only person on that vehicle.
A person who was walking on the sidewalk was pinned by the out-of-control bus and fatally injured. One of the passengers in the MTA Q20 bus also died in the accident. Sixteen other victims were injured in the bus accident, some of whom are said to be in critical condition. Cell phone video showed the grisly scene moments after the crash with victims left bleeding on the street. Those injured were transported to nearby hospitals. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
MTA officials say speed appears to have been a factor. Sources told CBS2 that the driver of the charter bus ran a red light. Police are looking into the possibility that he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. MTA officials confirmed that the charter bus driver was fired by MTA in 2015 after his off-duty DUI arrest in 2015. Department of Transportation records also showed that the charter company has seven violations for unsafe driving dating back to 2015.
Police said the speedometer on the charter bus was stuck at 60 mph and that the driver was trying to beat the light when he struck the turning city bus. Longtime residents in that neighborhood said the intersection where this crash occurred is one of the most dangerous in the borough. In addition to local police, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send a team to investigate this fatal crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased victims here and with those injured in this horrific crash.
Liability Issues in Bus Accidents
Under New York law, bus companies have the highest duty of care to their passengers. What this means is that bus companies have a responsibility to safely transport their passengers. So, the bus company and operator must ensure following practices such as hiring drivers with experience as well as with good driving records. They are also responsible for making sure that buses are properly maintained. A bus company may be held liable for negligent hiring and/or negligent employee retention.
Accidents involving larger vehicles can prove devastating and result in catastrophic injuries. Passengers and occupants of buses are particularly vulnerable during a collision, as they may not have airbags or seatbelts that offer individual protection. In such cases, we see victims suffer injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones, internal organ damage, etc.
After an accident, bus companies may be required under the law to compensate passengers in a fair and reasonable manner. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones may also be able to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
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 a traffic accident, 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 over 49 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.
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