Four People Injured In Crown Heights, Brooklyn Bus Accident Involving White Van and Taxi Near The Intersection of Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway
BROOKYLN, NEW YORK CITY (October 30, 2021) – At least four people were injured in a Crown Heights, Brooklyn accident involving an MTA bus, white van and taxi by Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 26th. For reasons that remain under investigation an MTA bus, white van and taxi were involved in the collision. The white van involved in the crash appeared to have rear damage.
The force of the impact caused the MTA bus to go onto the sidewalk and nearly hit a Bank of America. An ambulance was called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
One person was treated at the scene and three people were taken to the hospital. A full investigation into the cause of the Brooklyn bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn MTA Bus Crashes
Buses are among the safest forms of transportation for the people riding the bus. But they pose a number of unique hazards for pedestrians and people in passenger vehicles. For example, buses have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of other vehicles. Many collisions take place when bus drivers make dangerous turns. Other factors that could contribute to a bus accident may include:
- Driver inexperience
- Inclement weather
- Driver intoxication
- Driver fatigue
Bus drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety and must get a commercial driver’s license. To obtain a CDL, bus drivers must first pass a knowledge and skills test. If a bus driver rear-ends another vehicle, they will typically be held at fault. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1129 (a), no driver shall follow another vehicle more closely than would be reasonable and prudent given the speed of the two vehicles. When a driver rear-ends another vehicle in New York, there is a rebuttable presumption that they were negligent.
If a bus driver causes an accident, the municipality or corporation that owned the bus could be held at fault. Generally speaking, corporate and municipal entities can be held vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees. MTA buses in New York City are owned by the city. Claims against the MTA could therefore be directed against the city. Any person that is injured must therefore file a notice of claim within 90 days after being injured. Failing to observe the statute of limitations can result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. Victims of bus accidents can suffer very serious injuries including:
- Head trauma
- Organ damage
- Broken ribs
- Neck injuries
The FMCSA requires commercial buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In order to win any civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. A New York City bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Brooklyn MTA Bus Crash
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the four people injured in this Crown Heights bus crash. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should reach out to the NYPD.
This bus accident also raises a number of safety concerns. What are the circumstances leading up to the crash? Was this bus driver properly trained? Could this accident have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that steps will be taken to prevent additional accidents like this one.