15-Year-Old Girl Injured In Rochester School Bus Collision Near The Intersection of Costar Street and Dewey Avenue
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK (November 24, 2023) – A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured and hospitalized in a Rochester school bus accident by Costar Street and Dewey Avenue.
Rochester police officials are saying that the accident took place on Thursday morning. The girl was trying to cross Dewey Avenue when she was hit by a school bus.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to to help the girl. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where she remains in serious condition.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Rochester School Bus Accidents
Buses tend to be very safe for their passengers. But they can be very dangerous for pedestrians and those in smaller vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, “From 2012 to 2021, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 5% were school bus drivers, and 3% were pedalcyclists.” There are many steps that bus drivers should take to avoid collisions.
- Bus drivers should check their blind spots before turning.
- Bus drivers should slow down at night and during times of inclement weather.
- Bus drivers should be well rested before starting their shift.
Bus companies are considered common carriers and must do everything that they can to avoid collisions. 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 school bus driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of bus accidents often suffer serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Tendon damage
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of driver error. It is common for accident victims to need to take long periods of time off of work. Sadly, though, it is even more common for bus companies to do everything in their power to deny responsibility if one of their drivers hits a pedestrian. Any person that is injured in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.
Investigating Rochester Pedestrian Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the girl injured in this collision. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim and her family. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other collisions like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Rochester pedestrian accident? Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.