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Antonina Zatulovska Killed In Brooklyn Bus Accident By Bedford Avenue and Avenue P

Antonina Zatulovska Died In Midwood, Brooklyn Hit-And-Run Bus Accident Near The Intersection of Bedford Avenue and Avenue P Close To James Madison High School

Antonina Zatulovska Killed In Brooklyn Bus Accident By Bedford Avenue and Avenue P

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (January 20, 2022) – A 15-year-old girl identified as Antonina Zatulovska has tragically died in a hit-and-run bus accident near the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Avenue P by James Madison High School.

New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17th. Antonina Zatulovska was hit by a bus while crossing the street.

The driver of the bus did not stop, but was later captured by police. Police charged the bus driver with failure to yield and failure to use due care.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Antonina Zatulovska was laying in the street with serious head injuries.

Despite the best efforts of first responders, she died due to her injuries. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run Bus Accidents

Many people are injured after being involved in MTA bus accidents every year. According to one report by the New York Post, “At least 2,520 people — or 2.7 per day — were injured [during a 31 month period starting in 2015], according to the MTA. At least 14 people died, including a 25-year-old skateboarder, a 62-year-old pedestrian, a 60-year-old motorist and a 70-year-old with a walker who was mutilated by a hit-and-run bus.” Buses are among the safest forms of transportation for their passengers. But they pose a number of unique hazards for pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles.

  • Blind Spots: Buses tend to have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians and smaller vehicles.
  • Weight: A bus can weigh 20-30 times more than a passenger vehicle.
  • Ground Clearance: Buses have a high ground clearance and are more likely to knock pedestrian straight down – as opposed to them bouncing off the hood.

Bus drivers in New York must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Driving a bus is substantially different and more difficult than driving a small vehicle. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1142 (b), all drivers must yield to any pedestrian crossing on a road that they are traveling down. Colliding with a pedestrian in a crosswalk may be considered sufficient evidence of a driver’s failure to yield. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1151, even when there is no traffic signal or working signal, drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. Failure to yield to a pedestrian could result in fines, jail time, and civil liability.

If a driver flees the scene of a collision that results in bodily injury or death, they could face additional penalties. Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 600-2a, drivers must remain at the scene, call the police, and file a report. They must also share insurance information. Many drivers leave the scene of serious accidents because they are not aware they hit anyone. This tends to be highly suggestive that they were not adequately paying attention to the road ahead of them. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a pedestrian accident could extend beyond any driver.

If a bus driver was working at the time of a collision, the company or municipal entity that  the bus driver worked for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the negligent conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s  duties. It is extremely important that the right steps are taken after any bus accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Work records should be examined.

Many collisions are due in part to bus drivers that don’t receive adequate training. This is one of many items that should be looked at. The family of any victim that died in a bus accident may have recourse through N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021).  Sadly, though, bus companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any accident involving their driver. This is why evidence is so important after any crash. A New York City wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and get to the bottom of what may have contributed to a crash.

Investigating A Hit-And-Run Bus Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Antonina Zatulovska. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to New York City police department officials. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all who have lost so much. It is our sincere hope that city officials will take steps to prevent additional collisions at this intersection.

Do you need more information about a Brooklyn collision? Our team of personal injury attorneys may be able to get you the information that you are entitled to under the law. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held responsible for their actions. whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.

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