A double-decker tour bus crashed into a tree near Central Park injuring 11 people the afternoon of July 21. According to a report in the New York Post, the bus had veered off the road after being cut off by a yellow cab near Fifth Avenue and East 63rd Street. Officials said those who were injured were transported to area hospitals in a stable condition.
A construction worker who was on a job across the street from where the crash occurred said he heard a sudden “boom” but didn’t hear the sound of the brakes being applied or a vehicle skidding. The worker who rushed to the accident scene said one girl had blood running down her face and several others had suffered facial injuries. The witness said it was fortunate that no one was killed in the crash. The Go New York Tours bus was wedged up against a tree near the eastern border of the park.
Officials said many of the injured victims had been riding in the upper deck of the bus and ended up hitting their faces on the bars of the seat. Dozens of people rushed over to the crashed bus to help the injured passengers. The bus driver was reportedly on the phone talking about the taxi that cut him off when officials arrived at the scene. A witness told police that she too saw the cab pull ahead of the tour bus.
Double Decker Bus Crashes
Double-decker buses are a fairly common sight all over New York City, especially in the summer, when tourism is at its peak. While these buses can be fun to ride, there have been a number of questions raised about their safety over the years, particularly when there is an accident involving one of these vehicles. In such cases, it is important to ask a number of questions regarding the factors that may have caused or contributed to the accident.
Did bus driver negligence play a part in the crash? Was the driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Was the driver distracted or inattentive at the time? Did the actions of another motorist cause the bus to crash? What was the condition of the bus? Did the tour bus company fail to properly maintain the bus? Did mechanical failure cause or contribute to the bus crash? Did driver inexperience or recklessness contribute to the crash? It is important to look into these and other issues in order to determine precisely who or what caused the crash.
Bus Accident Injuries
As witnessed in this double-decker bus crash, injuries to passengers can be rather severe. Some of the common injuries sustained in bus accidents include:
• Facial injuries: This might include facial fractures such as broken nose, broken or damaged teeth, eye injuries and abrasions.
• Broken bones: In a bus collision, passengers may get thrown around inside the bus leading to bone fractures for the victims.
• Head injuries: Being ejected from the seat may also result in concussions or more serious brain injuries that may result in long-term disabilities.
• Neck and back injuries: An injury to the spine may result in chronic pain or worse, paralysis.
• Sprains and strains: A strained muscle or tendon may take a long time to recover and may even require therapy.
Bus Company’s Duty of Care
As public carriers, 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. This requires the bus company and operator to adopt practices such as hiring drivers with experience as well as with a good driving record and a valid commercial driver’s license or CDL. They are also responsible for maintaining and servicing their vehicles and replacing worn-out parts, etc. A bus company can be held liable for negligent hiring and/or negligent employee retention. If an accident occurs, 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.
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 bus 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. 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.
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