At Least 8 Students Injured In Kingston School Bus Accident on Route To Miller Middle School
KINGSTON, NEW YORK (March 15, 2023) – At least eight students were injured in a Kingston school bus accident with a passenger vehicle not far from Mille Middle School.
Kingston police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:40 a.m. on Monday. A school bus was involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle under unclear circumstances.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. A total of 16 students were onboard the bus. Eight of them were taken to a local trauma center.
Three students were passengers in the smaller vehicle and also taken to the hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Kingston Bus Accidents
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in bus accidents. According to the Journalist’s Resource, “The researchers note that, on average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.” Victims of bus accidents tent to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
School bus drivers must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code § 1180, no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed than would be safe or reasonable given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a school bus driver was negligent and injured someone in an accident, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any bus accident.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Police reports of the accident should be reviewed.
The FMCSA requires buses that can carry 16 ore more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a school bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A school 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 all of the people injured in this Kingston bus accident. It is our sincere hope that everyone is able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out to the police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Kingston school bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of bus accident attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you jus have legal questions or need any type of support after an accident we are here for you. You can contact us anytime at (516) 908-9792.