Pedestrian Critically Injured In Queens MTA Bus Accident By The Intersection of Utopia Parkway and 46th Avenue
QUEENS, NEW YORK (February 15, 2023) – A pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by an MTA bus in Queens by the intersection of Utopia Parkway and 46th Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the crash took place around 8:26 a.m. on Wednesday. A pedestrian was crossing the roadway when they were hit by an MTA bus.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the MTA bus remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
Liability For Queens MTA Bus Accidents
Far too many people are seriously injured in collisions with MTA buses every year. According to one report from the New York Post, “At least 2,520 people — or 2.7 per day — were injured [from 2015 – 2018], according to the MTA. At least 14 people died, including a 25-year-old skateboarder, a 62-year-old pedestrian, a 60-year-old motorist and a 70-year-old with a walker who was mutilated by a hit-and-run bus.” There are a number of steps that bus drivers should take to avoid collisions.
- Bus drivers should check their blind spots in order to avoid collisions.
- Bus drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
- Bus drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
Bus drivers need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. When a bus driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. The bus drivers employer could also face liability for the collision. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have $5,000,000 in liability coverage. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a bus driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that often come with a serious collision. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens MTA Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the victim of this collision. It is our sincere hope that the victim will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Queens MTA bus accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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. You can reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.