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12 People Injured In Bronx Garbage Truck Accident With MTA Bus

New York City Police Investigating Collision Between Sanitation Truck and MTA Bus In The Bronx’s Longwood Neighborhood

12 People Injured In Bronx Garbage Truck Accident With MTA Bus

BRONX, NEW YORK (December 23, 2023) – At least 12 people were injured in a Bronx MTA bus accident involving a garbage truck along Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx.

New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:00 p.m. on December 20. A Bx6 MTA bus was traveling westbound on Hunts Point Avenue when it was involved in a collision with a sanitation truck.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A total of 12 people were injured in the crash and many of those injuries required hospitalization.

The intersection where the crash took place is notorious for being dangerous. In the last decade alone, an estimated 406 people have been injured at the intersection.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Bronx Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks are far more common than many people realize. According to one report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are around 2,500 garbage truck fatalities every year. Garbage trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians. A fully loaded garbage truck can weigh as much as 50,000 lbs. Even a low impact collision can be catastrophic. There are a number of factors that could contribute to a garbage truck accident.

  • Dimly lit roadways
  • Excessive speed
  • Inclement weather
  • Vehicle system failures
  • Driver inattention

Bus drivers are considered common carriers and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to drivers that fail to operate their vehicle at a safe speed. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1180, no person shall drive their vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the road. If any driver fails to slow down to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is preserved after any collision.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be collected.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Work records for all commercial drivers involved should be reviewed.

Depending on the facts of any case, a city could potentially be liable for a collision if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. A city could also be liable if they owned the commercial vehicle involved in any collision. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person that is injured in a MTA bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Bronx MTA Bus Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Bronx MTA bus accident? Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Bronx MTA bus accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in 1992 as the Senior Trial partner. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, Jeff has obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements.