A traumatic bus accident in New York has put an elderly lady in the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. The woman was crossing the street near the intersection of Fulton and Pearl streets around 6 p.m. when she was struck by an MTA bus. The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where doctors are struggling to save her life. One eyewitness said the woman was crushed by the bus and was rushed away covered in blood.
The police investigation into the crash is ongoing. In similar bus accidents in New York, drivers have been found negligent and-in many cases-failed to yield to pedestrians in the roadway.
This latest bus accident in New York reiterates a hard fact: the elderly are among the most vulnerable in such motor vehicle/pedestrian accidents. People over 65 are not only among the most “at risk” to be involved in such accidents, they are also among the most likely to die from any injuries sustained in such accidents. (Children under the age of 14 make up the other “at risk” population statistically speaking.)
Many such bus accidents are caused by visibility factors-the drivers simply cannot or do not see pedestrians approaching the bus from behind. However, bus drivers in New York are also notorious for failing to yield to pedestrians in the roadway (at crosswalks for example.)
The results of the NYPD investigation into this bus accident will determine what, if any, legal recourse the elderly woman-or her surviving family members should she not survive-will have against the bus driver and the MTA. In similar cases where the bus driver has been found at fault, victims have been able to sue for unpaid medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a MTA accident in the Big Apple, contact a New York City bus accident attorney immediately to safeguard your legal right to compensation. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.