Loraine Hector Died In Collision With Brooklyn MTA Bus By The Intersection of Glenwood Road and Flatbush Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 16, 2022) – A 79-year-old woman identified as Loraine Hector was killed in a Brooklyn MTA bus accident by the intersection of Glenwood Road and Flatbush Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday. Loraine Hector was attempting to cross the road when she was hit by an MTA bus.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Sadly, Loraine Hector was pronounced dead at the scene.
The MTA bus driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officials. A full investigation remains ongoing.
Liability In Brooklyn MTA Bus Accidents
MTA bus accidents are far more common than many people realize. According to the New York Post, “MTA buses racked up at least 21,823 crashes, collisions and other mishaps over 31 months beginning in 2015 — an average of 23 per day, The Post has found. At least 2,520 people — or 2.7 per day — were injured during the time period, according to the MTA.” There are a number of factors that can make buses particularly dangerous for pedestrians.
- Buses have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians.
- Buses can weigh 20 – 30 times more than a passenger vehicle and are much more difficult to maneuver.
- Buses are much more difficult to stop than smaller vehicles in the event of an emergency.
Bus drivers in New York must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are expected to operate their vehicle with a high degree of care. 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 bus driver fails to reduce their speed in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Liability for a bus accident could extend beyond any driver. The company or city that a bus driver worked for could be held at fault for a collision. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident should be taken.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any person that is killed in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, bus companies will often do everything in their power to avoid responsibility for an accident. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved after an accident.
Investigating A Brooklyn MTA Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Loraine Hector. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn MTA bus accident? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.