Jeep Identified As Second Vehicle That Collided With School Bus On The Hutchinson River Parkway
THE BRONX, NEW YORK (May 28, 2023) – A child remains in critical condition following a school bus accident in the Co-Op City section of the Bronx.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:30 p.m. on Monday. A small yellow school bus was involved in a collision with a Jeep on the Hutchinson River Parkway.
Both the male driver of the Jeep and a female passenger were taken to the Jacobi Hospital in critical condition. Four children were on the bus when the crash took place.
One of those children was critically injured and taken to the hospital. A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Bronx School Bus Accidents
Bus accidents are far more common in New York than many people may realize. 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 can make buses particularly dangerous.
- Buses have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.
- Buses can weigh many times more than passenger vehicles.
- Buses have a much wider turning radius thereby making side impact collisions more likely.
Following other vehicles too closely is one of the most common contributing factors for bus accidents. According to New York VAT § 1129 (a), drivers must maintain a safe follow distance with the vehicle ahead of them. When a driver rear-ends a vehicle in their own lane they will usually be considered at fault. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with a serious injury. Sadly, though, bus companies will often fight hard to deny all responsibility for any collision. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating New York School Bus Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Bronx school 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.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Bronx school bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. 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.