A scary bus accident in Brooklyn left 31 people injured earlier this month when a school bus and automobile collided. Investigators say that the bus, which was loaded with an undisclosed number of children, and a car were involved in an “incident” at the corner of Rockaway Avenue and Eastern Parkway at around 1PM on March 20th.
When NYFD responders arrived on scene they found over two dozen individuals suffering from what were classified as “minor” injuries. 6 of those New York bus accident victims were taken to a nearby hospital. In the end, 31 victims were triaged and treated by EMS crews.
The details of the crash investigation were not forthcoming. It’s not clear whether the bus collided with the car or if the car collided with the bus-an important distinction for victims and their family members.
Determining who caused the crash is an essential step in proving liability for the crash. This is done principally by obtaining the police report and interviewing eyewitnesses. In rare instances, surveillance video may be available. Proving liability is critical in every school bus accident in New York, so that victims and their family members can recover compensation from the liable parties for their pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and lost income, if a working adult is involved.
If it’s discovered that the bus driver was at fault, the driver, driver’s employer and vehicle owner would be responsible. If the car’s driver is found to be at fault, the driver and vehicle owner would then be responsible. In either case, each vehicle’s insurance company would be obligated to pay no-fault benefits to the occupants of that vehicle for all health related expenses incurred as a result of the crash without regard to who was at fault for the accident.
If you or your child has been injured in a bus crash, contact the experienced New York City school bus accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel. Call 800-734-9338 or 2121-385-1122 without any further delay.