An early morning bus accident in New York near the George Washington Bridges sent two people to the hospital with leg injuries earlier this month. Police reports show that the jitney bus skidded off the Henry Hudson Parkway ramp in Washington Heights and careened down a snow-covered embankment, barely missing several trees, before smashing through a stone retaining wall and finally coming to a rest as the front of the bus smashed into a pair of trees. When rescue crews arrived at the bus accident in Manhattan, they found the vehicle nearly 100 feet from the roadway, suggesting that speed may have been a factor in the accident.
There were no “passengers” on the Access-A-Ride bus but EMTs rescued two individuals from the wreck: the 56-year old driver and a 39-year old passenger. Both had suffered leg injuries in the bus accident and were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital where they were listed in stable condition. Both individuals work for Brooklyn Transportation Corp but company representatives refused to give statements to the press at the time.
Initial reports from the hospital state that the driver was suffering heart palpitations at the time he was admitted though there was no indication that this medical condition came into play before the accident.
The true victim in this Manhattan bus accident is the bus passenger. She could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and owner of the bus for pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and past and future lost wages.
Similar bus accidents in New York have resulted in large financial settlements and jury verdicts for victims which include money for pain and suffering as well as compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus crash, contact an expert New York City bus accident attorney to discuss the legal options available to you. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.