A woman was killed late last month in a deadly charter bus accident in Manhattan. The victim, a 28-year-old woman from Melville, tripped and fell near Centre and Leonard streets in Manhattan as she was crossing the street on December 21st. The fall happened an instant before she was struck by a motor coach owned and operated by a limousine rental company. Eye witnesses say that the woman was struck by the back end of the bus as the large bus negotiated the tight turn. Police records show that she was in a marked crosswalk at the time and had the right of way.
When NYPD officers arrived on scene, they arrested the 50-year-old bus driver. He was initially charged him with failure to yield to a pedestrian-a misdemeanor traffic violation and one of the most common of criminal charges filed in pedestrian accidents. However, a full-blown investigation into this bus accident in New York City could result in further charges against the driver if it’s discovered that he should not have been behind the wheel.
Failure to yield accidents are one of the most common types of bus accidents in New York City, accounting for a significant portion of the serious injuries and fatalities suffered by innocent pedestrians. In right and left turn situations, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians when they are crossing in the marked crosswalk. In this circumstance, even if the driver has the right of way, a driver can be issued a summons for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.
Besides a claim for personal injuries, the injured pedestrian under New York’s no-fault law is entitled to benefits for all health related expenses from the insurance company for the at fault motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the reckless actions of a bus driver, contact an experienced bus accident attorney in New York City right away. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.