Two-Year-Old Girl Injured In Albany CDTA Bus Accident By The Intersection of Washington Avenue and North Lake
ALBANY COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 13, 2021) – A two-year-old child was injured in a CDTA bus accident across from the University of Albany downtown campus by the intersection of Washington Avenue and North Lake.
Albany police officials are saying that the accident took place on Tuesday, October 12th. A CDTA bus struck a two-year-old girl under unclear circumstances.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the child. She was taken to the Albany Medical Center in order to receive treatment.
The driver of the CDTA bus remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Liability In New York Bus Accidents
Buses are among the safest forms of transportation that a person can take. But accidents still take place. According to the FMCSA, collisions with buses are up 48% from 2009 – 2018. Accidents were down for 2020 as many people stayed indoors. But more accidents are happening in 2021 as kids are returning to school and adults are returning to work. There are a number of ways that buses can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians.
- Buses have large bind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians. These blind spots are especially pronounced in the front of the bus.
- Buses have a large turning radius that can lead to pedestrian collisions.
- A fully loaded bus can weigh 44,000 lbs. Even a low speed collision can leave victims with serious injuries.
Bus drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). They are held to a high standard in terms of safety. According to the FMCSA, “CDL holders are held to a higher standard when operating any type of motor vehicle on public roads.” Bus drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1142(b), drivers must take steps to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Failure to exercise due care could result in liability on the part of a bus driver.
Bus companies could also be found liable for a collision. Generally speaking, all companies and municipal entities in New York can be vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees. This is typically the case when the tortious actions are reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. Keep in mind, however, there are very strict statute of limitations associated with bus accidents. If the bus was owned by a municipal entity, there is a 90 day statute of limitations to file a notice of claim. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Organ damage
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 be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several months after an accident. This is why seeking medical care early on is so important. A New York bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the child and family involved in this accident. Hopefully she will make a complete recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere wish that city officials will consider measures to help prevent additional accidents along this road.
This collision raises a number of safety concerns. Was the bus driver properly trained? Were they potentially distracted? Could this accident have been prevented? Most pedestrian collisions can be prevented when drivers scan the road ahead of them and keep a lookout for pedestrians. Far too often, however, expeditious trips are favored in a way that puts pedestrians needlessly at risk.