A terrifying bus accident in New York earlier this month left several people injured and at least one building in need of emergency repairs. Several passengers on a Nassau Inter-County Express bus were injured when the vehicle slammed into an SUV. The driver failed to regain control of the massive vehicle before jumping the curb, crossing the sidewalk, and smashing into a storefront containing a deli full of customers.
EMS crews arrived within minutes of this terrifying bus accident in Long Island and stabilized several victims before rushing them off to nearby hospitals to be treated. None of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening. Inspectors rushed to determine whether the building had suffered any structural damage.
It’s unclear exactly how the initial collision occurred. Some eyewitnesses told media outlets that one of the vehicles appeared to have run a red light an instant before the crash. No doubt investigators will be pulling video footage from any cameras in the area to try and determine the at fault party.
Determining fault requires examining the actions of both drivers, regardless of which vehicle ran the light. No question, the driver that ran the light is at fault for the accident. However, the other vehicle had the obligation of seeing what was there to be seen and if that driver saw the other vehicle blow the light and did nothing to avoid the accident, that driver can be held partially responsible for the accident.
Under New York law, occupants of each vehicle are eligible for no-fault benefits which will pay for all health-related expenses up to $50,000 and up to $2,000 a monthly in lost wages. In addition, passengers of both vehicles can bring personal injury claims against both vehicles for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding in a bus, private or public , speak with an expert bus accident attorney in New York City today to learn the compensation you are entitled to. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.