School Bus Involved In Fatal Pedestrian Collision In Borough Park, Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (November 21, 2023) – A school bus with students on board was involved in a fatal pedestrian collision in Borough Park, Brooklyn along 41st Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place on Thursday afternoon. The bus was traveling down the road when it hit the pedestrian crossing the street.
Paramedics were called to the location in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, the pedestrian died due to their injuries.
Liability For Brooklyn Pedestrian Accidents
School buses are among the safest forms of transportation for passengers. But they pose a number of unique hazards for pedestrians and those in smaller vehicles. For example, school buses have a wide turning radius which makes side impact collisions more likely. School buses also have large blind spots. If a bus driver is distracted even for a moment this can lead to a collision. There are a number of factors that could contribute to a school bus accident.
- Bus accidents are more likely to occur at intersections.
- Bus accidents are more likely to occur during adverse weather conditions.
- Bus accidents are more likely to occur during heavy traffic.
Bus drivers are considered common carriers and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many accidents are due to drivers that make dangerous turns. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1163, “No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection […] or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any car accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
The family of any person that died in a Borough Park school bus accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Sadly, though, drivers will often do everything that they can to deny liability for any collision. The family of any person that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death 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 Brooklyn Car Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person that died in this Borough Park, Brooklyn school bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
Do you need more information about a Brooklyn 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.