School Bus Accident Involving Police Car Killed Robin Alvarez In Lagrange Along Route 55 By South Cross Road
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK (March 9, 2022) – Robin Alvarez has tragically died after a state police car collided with a school bus in Lagrange on Route 55 by South Cross Road.
Dutchess County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. A police car collided with an Arlington School District bus under unclear conditions and injured Robin Alvarez.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Sadly, Robin Alvarez, who worked as an aide on the school bus, died due to her injuries.
A full investigation into the Lagrange crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Dutchess County School Bus Accidents
School buses are typically very safe for passengers. But passenger fatalities are still far too common. According to the National Safety Council, “School bus-related crashes killed 109 people nationwide in 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 potentially contribute to a school bus accident including:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
Bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Buses tend to have large blind spots and many collisions occur when buses make dangerous turns in the roadway. If a bus driver was negligent and contributed to an accident, the company or school district that they work for could be held at fault. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a bus accident could include other drivers.
The municipality that owned a police car could be held at fault if a police officer was negligent in a crash. Even if a police officer was responding to an emergency and crashes, they could still be held at fault. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), the drivers of authorized emergency vehicles must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. They can be held liable for emergency trips if they showed a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any car accident.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Maintenance records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a school bus accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover many of the costs that can come with the unexpected loss of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in the forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Dutchess County School Bus Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Robin Alvarez. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a police car accident that took place in Lagrange? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. 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.