Teenage Boy Injured In Brooklyn Bus Accident Near The Intersection of Marine Avenue and Bay Ridge
BROOKLYN, CALIFORNIA (January 25, 2022) – A 15-year-old boy was critically injured in a MTA bus accident near the intersection of Marine Avenue and Bay Ridge.
New York city police officials are saying that the accident took place on Saturday afternoon, January 22nd. The boy was crossing the road when he was hit by an MTA bus.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He was taken to the Lutheran Hospital with serious head injuries.
The bus driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Liability In Brooklyn MTA Bus Accidents
In the United States, there are around 15,000 injury crashes with buses that result in around 250 fatalities every year. Pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable to buses. They have a small profile and are thus more likely to be overlooked by bus drivers. Buses have a wide turning radius. There are a number of steps that bus companies can take in order to reduce the likelihood of pedestrian accidents.
- Technology: Buses can be equipped with cameras that can help reduce blind spots.
- Training: Bus drivers should receive adequate training to reduce the likelihood of collisions.
- Regulations: Bus drivers should get adequate sleep and should not be put under pressure that could compromise their driving.
All bus drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1142 (b), all drivers must yield to pedestrians that are on the road they are traveling down. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1151, drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk. When a driver hits a pedestrian after driving past a yield sign without yielding this may be prima facie evidence of their failure to yield.
If a bus hits a pedestrian, the company or city that the bus driver works for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- A bus accident attorney should be consulted.
The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn MTA bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the teenager injured in this Brooklyn MTA bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should reach out to the NYPD.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Brooklyn bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.