As NYC gears up for the Holiday Season, tour bus companies are ramping up their services to ensure all the tourists coming to the City for the decorations, shopping and the sightseeing get the full experience. Unfortunately, these massive vehicles have a history of colliding with other cars and trucks and even smashing into the sides of buildings along the crowded streets of Manhattan. Just recently a tour bus accident in Times Square sent several victims to the hospital with varying injuries.
Chemistry experiments are an important part our children's education in school, but occasionally accidents do happen. Teachers are supposed to protect our students, keep them away from harm, and instruct them on the proper use of safety gear. That system seems to have broken down at one school in the New York. Indeed, four students were injured in a school accident in the Bronx late last month after a teacher failed to anticipate the consequences of their experiment. The students were taking part in a chemistry class when an experiment went haywire, causing a minor explosion.
A bus accident in New York that claimed the life of three people (including the driver) led a group of New York State Senators to investigate privately owned bus companies. What they found is absolutely shocking: Almost half of New York's charter bus companies have poor driving records. In fact, dozens of these companies have records so bad that they've been put on federal watch lists.
A late December school bus accident involving a New York City truck driver has resulted in criminal charges. 57-year old Benjamin Bramble was operating an 18-wheel U.S. Xpress tractor-trailer which caused a multi-car pile-up involving a school bus on December 20th. The police from Morgan County are charging the truck driver with failure to maintain control of his vehicle, even though, thankfully the New York City truck accident ended with all the children healthy and whole.
Most of the fatal bus accidents in New York City victims are pedestrians and bicyclists who are struck and injured or killed because the drivers of these multi-ton vehicles simply don't see them. However, as one chaotic bus accident in Newark demonstrates, even passengers on public transportation are not immune.
A group of sightseers suffered injuries after a tour bus accident in New York City this past week. The individuals were part of a group of roughly 20 people riding a double-decker tour bus through Manhattan's Upper East Side. At around 1:15 in that afternoon on July 21st, the bus driver somehow lost control and the massive vehicle veered off the road, jumped the curb, and smashed into a tree at the corner of 63rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Public transportation buses have been responsible for a shocking number of fatal pedestrian accidents in New York City in recent years. In 2015 alone there were 7 deadly crashes involving pedestrians and 1 involving a cyclist. Many times the drivers of the buses involved say they never even saw the pedestrians they struck and killed.
A Long Island man who was injured in an MTA bus accident in New York way back in 2009 has finally been awarded his financial settlement. A jury found both the MTA and the individual bus driver at fault for the 2009 bus accident in Queens which essentially destroyed Calvin Tarpley's life. The jury awarded Tarpley a $12.5 million verdict as compensation for not only his injuries but for lost wages as well.
A young man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after surviving a shocking bus accident earlier this month. The 34-year old man was simply walking down the sidewalk along Main Street in Orange New Jersey when a 77-year old bus driver in charge of a Coach Commuter bus appeared to lose control of his vehicle. Eyewitnesses report seeing the man struggle with the steering wheel, trying in vain to stop the bus from jumping the curb. The massive vehicle first smashed into a Nissan Altima then jumped the curb and crossed the sidewalk before smashing through the facade of a busy Bank of America location.
Bus accidents in New York City could now result in jail time for drivers. The Vision Zero Failure to Yield Law allows NYPD officers to arrest MTA bus drivers who city traffic laws. The drivers can even face criminal charges for offenses that were previously deemed too minor to warrant action. MTA officials say this unnecessary pressure makes it difficult for their drivers do their jobs. However, safety advocates saw the law is a step in the right direction, especially because bus accidents in New York City are often fatal.