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Vivianna Wolpe Died In Queens School Bus Accident By South Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard

Vivianna Wolpe Died In Springfield Gardens, Queens School Bus Accident By The Intersection of South Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard

Vivianna Wolpe Died In Queens School Bus Accident By South Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY (December 10, 2021) – A 33-year-old woman identified as Vivianna Wolpe has tragically died in a Queens school bus accident near the intersection of South Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard in Springfield Gardens.

New York City police officials are saying the accident first took place around 6:00 a.m. on November 17th. Vivianna Wolpe was hit by a school bus under unclear circumstances and seriously injured.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.  She was taken to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries.

The 71-year-old driver of the school bus remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Authorities have not yet charged the driver of the school bus.

Despite the three weeks of care at the hospital, Vivianna Wolpe died three weeks after being admitted. A full investigation into the Queens school bus crash remained ongoing at this time.

Liability In Queens School Bus Accidents

School buses are among the safest forms of transportation, but they do pose a number of unique hazards to pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles. According to data from the NHTSA, in 1019 alone 109 people died in the United States in accidents involving school buses. Around 86% of those fatalities either involved pedestrians or those in passenger vehicles. There are a number of ways that school buses can be particularly hazardous.

  • A fully loaded school bus can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and therefore take a long distance to stop.
  • School buses tend to have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians.
  • School buses have a high ground clearance and are more likely to knock pedestrians to the ground instead of bouncing them off the hood.

School bus drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and specialized training to be operate their vehicle. According to the, “In New York State, any person that drives a truck or other commercial vehicle needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The CDL is issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will need a regular driver’s license before applying for a CDL.” Driving a school bus can be substantially more difficult than driving a passenger vehicle. It requires a different set of skills.

All school bus drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists in the roadway. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a),  drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians and use their horns when necessary to alert others of their presence with the use of their horn. When a driver goes past a yield sign without stopping and hits a pedestrian this may be considered prima facie evidence of their failure to yield.

A city or government entity could also potentially be liable for a school bus accident. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of  their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. Negligence could flow from a bus driver committing a traffic infraction. Or it could be rooted in a bus company’s failure to adequately train their drivers. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a Queens school bus accident.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The school bus driver should be interviewed.
  • Work records should be examined.
  • Medical records should be preserved.

The family of any victim that died in a Queens bus accident may be able to seek aid through  N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021). Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Family members may also be able to pursue a survival action if the victim of a bus accident survived for some period before succumbing to their injuries. If the bus involved in a collision was owned by a government entity, the victim’s next of kin must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the collision. Failing to abide by the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.

Investigating A Queens School Bus Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Vivianna Wolpe. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to New York City police officials. It is our sincere hope that city officials will investigate this accident thoroughly and take measures to prevent additional tragedies. What was the school bus driver doing prior to the crash? Were they distracted? Were they speeding? Did they receive adequate safety training? Safety should always be the number one priority for any bus company.

Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Queens? Our team of personal injury attorneys can help you get the information that you deserve. We can investigate all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an accident. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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