A violent bus accident in New York sent 26 people to the hospital shortly before Thanksgiving. 52 passengers on a holiday vacation to New York City were injured in a terrible crash on Interstate 81 just South of Syracuse New York in early November. The Pine Hills Trailways bus was southbound from Toronto, loaded with sightseers, when it struck a tractor trailer and a passenger car at roughly 2:45 in the morning. 25 of the passengers and the bus driver were taken to a local hospital with various injuries.
Video and photographs released by the Onondago County Sheriff’s Office show the front end of the bus entirely smashed and dented with the bus driver’s seat compacted back into the safety barrier at the beginning of the passenger compartment.
A police investigation into the crash determined that at least it was caused in part and possibly entirely by the automobile driver. 36-year old Robert Tarbell was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Eyewitness reports show that Tarbell crashed his car at the edge of the highway immediately before the accident. The driver of the tractor trailer stopped his vehicle in order to assist Tarbell. The bus then crashed into the two stationary vehicles. It’s unclear whether the bus driver failed to see the stopped vehicles and whether other factors contributed to the accident.
Passengers could have grounds to pursue lawsuits against all of the responsible drivers and owners of the vehicles involved in this accident. The lawsuit would seek to recover unpaid medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Thousands of people trust their safety to bus and motor coach operators every year. If you or a loved one has been in similar crash-or any automobile accident in which you were a passenger-you too may be entitled to compensation. Contact a New York City bus accident attorney to discuss the details of your case. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.