New York State Police Investigating Wellsville School Bus Accident on Route 7
WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK (November 27, 2023) – Several people were injured in a Wellsville school bus accident along Route 7, according to New York State Police.
Wellsville police officials are saying that the incident took place around 7:20 a.m. on Monday. A school bus was involved in a collision with another vehicle.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. There were at least two dozen students on board the bus when it crashed.
Several people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Liability For Wellsville School Bus Accidents
School buses are typically very safe for their passengers. But they pose a number of hazards to pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, “School bus-related crashes killed 54 people nationwide in 2020, down by over 50% compared to 2019 according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a school bus accident.
- Poor road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Driver intoxication
Bus companies are considered common carriers and must do everything in their power in order to avoid collisions. Many bus accidents are due to drivers that are speeding. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1180, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a bus driver fails to slow down to avoid an accident, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of school bus accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It can be hard to know what to do after any school bus accident. Accident victims may be left with high medical bills. They may also need to take extensive time off of work. Any person that is injured in a school bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating New York School Bus Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this school bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Wellsville school bus accident? Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.