Bellmore NICE Bus Collision Injured Multiple People By The Intersection of Merrick Road and Bellmore Avenue
NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK (February 26, 2022) – Multiple people were injured in a Bellmore bus accident near the intersection of Merrick Road and Bellmore Avenue.
Nassau County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. February 24. A NICE bus struck several vehicles before eventually coming to a stop.
Footage of the aftermath of the collision showed major damage to the front of the bus. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
Multiple people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment. A full investigation into the Bellmore bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Nassau County Bus Accidents
Buses tend to be very safe for their passengers. But they pose a number of unique hazards to pedestrians and those in smaller vehicles. Due to their heavy weight, even low impact collisions can be catastrophic. Fully loaded buses can also take much longer to stop than other vehicles. Stopping distance can dramatically increase during inclement weather. There are a number of other factors that could potentially contribute to a bus collision including:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Mechanical failures
Bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. If a bus driver rear-ends another vehicle, the bus driver will typically be held at fault. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code § 1129, all drivers must not follow another vehicle more closely than what would be safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence for any driver that rear-ends another car.
The municipality or company that owned a bus involved in an accident may face liability. In general, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the negligent conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 in liability coverage. Any person that is injured may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Bus companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A Bellmore bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Nassau County Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this Bellmore bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of the victims.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Nassau County bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.