Guillermo Olivera, 80, of Livingston Involved In Bus Accident By The Intersection of Route 31 and Route 9
COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 10, 2021) – An 80-year-old man identified as Guillermo Olivera was involved in a Livingston bus accident along Route 31 by Route 9.
Columbia County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 1:09 p.m. on Thursday, October 7th. Guillermo Olivera was in a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder on Route 9.
A bus pulled into the path of Guillermo Olivera and he attempted to avoid an accident by swerving to the left. The pathfinder continued off Route 9 and came to rest after hitting the side of a barn.
Livingston paramedics and police officials were called to the scene of the bus accident to help the victims. Both Guillermo Olivera and a female passenger were examined at the scene, but they declined medical treatment.
The 67-year-old driver of the bus was issued a citation for failure to yield. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Livingston Bus Accidents
Buses and commercial trucks are involved in thousands of fatal accidents every year. According to the FMCSA, “Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 48 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2018 number is still 3 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005.” Commercial buses are among the safest forms of transportation for passengers. But they also pose a number of unique hazards to pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles.
- A fully loaded transit bus can weigh as much as 44,000 lbs. When a bus is traveling at 65 mph it can take them the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
- Buses have large blind spots. Many accidents happen when bus drivers fail to check these blind spots.
- Bus drivers are often put under an enormous amount of pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible. This can lead to fatigue and poor driving habits.
Bus drivers and other people that hold a commercial driver’s license are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law 1141, drivers must yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling from the opposite direction and close enough to pose a hazard before making a left turn. Drivers that abruptly make left turns in front of other vehicles will typically be held at fault – see, e.g., (Cadeau v. Gregorio and Griffin v. Pennoyer).
When a bus driver is negligent and fails to yield the right of way to another vehicle prior to an accident the company that they worked for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the negligent act was foreseeable and a natural consequence of the employee’s work. FMCSA guidelines requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to hold at least $5,000,000 worth of liability insurance. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Organ damage
Many bus accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. This is why it can be so important to seek medical treatment after any collision. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a bus driver may be able to seek financial support through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A Columbia County bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Livingston Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Guillermo Olivera and the woman involved in this accident. Any person that may have information should reach out to Livingston police officials. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. This could have easily been a fatal collision under a similar set of conditions.
This bus accident also raises a number of important safety questions. Did the bus driver involved in this crash receive proper training? Is there a history of collisions along this road? What were the circumstances leading up to the crash? Most bus accidents can be avoided when bus drivers exercise caution and follow all traffic regulations.