Marc Kopman, 70, Died In Merrick School Bus Accident Along Merrick Avenue After Bus Jumped The Sidewalk
MERRICK, NEW YORK (April 17, 2022) – A man identified as Marc Kopman has tragically died in a Merrick school bus accident on Merrick Avenue after a bus drove onto the sidewalk.
Nassau County police officials are saying that the accident took place on Saturday night. Marc Kopman was walking along a sidewalk on Merrick Avenue when a bus drove directly on the sidewalk and hit him.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Despite life-saving measures, Marc Kopman died due to his injuries. There were no children on the school bus at the time of the accident.
A 61-year-old man in a pickup truck sustained minor injuries. An investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Merrick School Bus Accidents
School buses are among the safest forms of transportation for bus passengers. But they can be especially dangerous to pedestrians. According to the National Safety Council, “From 2011 to 2020, about 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians.” There are a number of steps that could contribute to a school bus accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Drug use
School bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. If a bus driver leaves the roadway and hits a pedestrian on a sidewalk, they will typically be held liable in the event of a collision. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a bus collision could extend beyond any driver.
The employer that a bus driver worked for could also be held at fault for a collision. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees- insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Bus drivers could work for a private company or a school district. There are many steps that should be taken after any school bus accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Merrick School Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Marc Kopman. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police.
Do you need more information about a Merrick School bus accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.