An early morning school bus accident in Brooklyn on March 11th ended with 8 people injured–one of whom was sent to the hospital for treatment. The school bus – a mini-bus with an undisclosed number of passengers on board – was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and had just reached the Tillary Street intersection when it collided with at least one (and possibly two) other vehicles. The crash occurred just before 8 AM when thousands of young children are on their way to schools across New York City.
Rescue crews responded to the school bus accident on the Brooklyn Bridge and treated seven individuals for minor injuries at the scene. The identities and ages of the individuals have not yet been released but one victim was transported to nearby Bellevue Hospital with more substantial wounds.
Traffic copter footage from the local ABC affiliate shows substantial damage to the front bumper and grill portion of the school bus, suggesting that it slammed into the rear of a vehicle. This could be a possible indicator that the bus driver was either travelling at an imprudent speed or following the leading vehicle too closely. Or it could suggest that the lead vehicle either stopped abruptly or struck another car. However, to determine liability an in-depth accident investigation would be needed.
The injured children will be able to seek monetary compensation from the drivers and vehicle owners responsible for the school bus accident in Brooklyn. The compensation would be for pain and suffering for the injuries sustained in the accident, unpaid hospital and medical expenses and any other health related and out of pocket expenses.
If you or your child has been injured in a school bus crash in Brooklyn or anywhere else in the city, you too would be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an expert New York City school bus accident lawyer to discuss 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.