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Bicyclist Killed In Laurelton, Queens MTA Bus Accident Near 128th Avenue and 238th Street

Bicycle Rider Died In Laurelton, Queens MTA Bus Accident By The Intersection of 128th Avenue and 238th Street

Bicyclist Killed In Laurelton, Queens MTA Bus Accident Near 128th Avenue and 238th Street

QUEENS, NEW  YORK (June 6, 2022) – A bicyclist has tragically died in a Laurelton, Queens MTA bus accident by the intersection of 128th Avenue and 238th Street.

New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. An MTA bus struck a bicyclist under unclear circumstances.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the Laurelton collision in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures the bicyclist died due to the severity of their injuries.

The 59-year-old driver of the MTA bus remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Liability In Queens MTA Bus Accidents

Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in MTA bus accidents. According to the New York Post, “MTA buses racked up at least 21,823 crashes, collisions and other mishaps over 31 months beginning in 2015 — an average of 23 per day, The Post has found. At least 2,520 people — or 2.7 per day — were injured during the time period, according to the MTA.” There are a number of factors that could easily contribute to a bus accident.

  • Accidents are more likely to occur in the early morning and late evening when visibility is reduced.
  • Accidents are more likely to occur when bus drivers are fatigued.
  • Accidents are more likely to occur when bus drivers are inexperienced.

All bus drivers must get a commercial drivers license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. If a bus driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian and causes an accident, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.

Liability for a bus accident could extend beyond any driver. The company or municipality that employed a bus driver could be vicariously liable for any collision. In general, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and within the scope of a worker’s job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any bus accident.

  • Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
  • Surveillance footage from the bus should be reviewed.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.

The family of any victim that died in a New York City bus accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, bus companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Queens MTA Bus Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the bicyclist killed in this Laurelton, Queens 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 for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a Queens MTA bus accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that bus companies are doing everything in their power to prevent collisions. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.

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