Topview NYC Tour Bus Collision With MTA Bus Injured Over 80 People In Manhattan
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (July 7, 2023) – Over 80 people were injured in Manhattan after a Topview NYC tour bus collided with an MTA bus on 1st Avenue by 23rd Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. A double-decker Topview NYC tour bus t-boned an MTA bus after it ran a red light.
Investigators are saying that they don’t know the speed of the tour bus prior to the crash, but it appeared to hit the MTA bus twice. There were around 20 people on the X38 express bus when it was hit.
There were dozens of people on the Topview NYC tour bus during the collision. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
In all, there were over 80 people who sustained injuries and dozens that required hospitalization.
Liability For Manhattan Tour Bus Accidents
Buses involving vehicles owned and operated by the MTA are much more common than many people realize. According to the New York Post, “At least 2,520 people — or 2.7 per day — were injured [from 2015 – 2018], 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.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a bus accident.
- Buses have a wide turning radius and are much more likely to be involved in side impact collisions.
- Bus drivers often work long hours and are at an increased risk of being affected by fatigue.
- Buses take much longer to stop than passenger vehicles.
All bus drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. Pursuant to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 11111, the driver of any vehicle facing a red circular signal must stop at the limit line and not proceed until the light turns green and it is safe to do so. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that causes a collision after going past a red light without stopping.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that owned or operated a tour bus could be liable for a collision. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior employers are principally responsible for the negligent actions of their employees. According to Judith M. v. Sisters of Charity Hosp., 93 N.Y.2d 932, 933 (1999) respondeat superior will apply “so long as the tortious conduct is generally foreseeable and a natural incident of the employment.” Victims of tour bus collisions tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Bus accidents are often one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through in their lives. Thankfully, though, there are a number of laws designed to help victims of bus accidents. The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person injured due to the negligence of a bus driver may be able to seek some measure of justice through a bodily injury claim. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Manhattan Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Topview NYC tour bus accident. It is our ssincere hope that all of the victims will be able to make a full recovery. This was a preventable collision that should have never taken place. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the NYPD.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Manhattan tour bus accident? Our team of highly experienced bus accident 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 help we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.