Earlier this week in Queens, a three-vehicle accident involving an occupied school bus and two cars resulted in over 20 injuries, including several young children. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Woodside Avenue and 59th Street, in the afternoon hours.
Evidently, the two cars were first involved in an accident, leaving one of them up on the sidewalk near where the collision occurred. Moments later, a school bus got involved in the accident, sending the bus through the wall of a nearby building that houses a pizza shop and a shoe store.
Initial reports indicated that 17 people were injured in the accident. However, as the investigation continued more were added to that list, including pizza shop employees, children aboard the bus, and the drivers of the other two cars involved. The driver of the school bus was able to walk away from the scene. When the bus was eventually removed from the building, it left a hole where it had entered.
Thankfully, just two of those injured suffered serious injuries, and they are expected to fully recover. All children aboard the bus refused medical treatment. Those who were taken to the hospital were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center.
New York City Accidents
Busy streets and intersections can lead to frequent accidents. Even if city accidents don’t involve the high speeds that other accidents do, the possibility of serious injury or death is always present.
It is unclear how the accident above was caused, and police are no doubt still conducting their investigation. However, one thing is clear, the children aboard the bus were not at fault. While they all refused medical attention at the time, they may develop symptoms in the coming days that require medical attention. If that is the case, their parents may want to seek compensation for their children’s injuries.
Financial Recovery in New York Traffic Accidents
Recovering financially after a traffic accident requires the accident victim to show that the other driver was somehow negligent in the operation of his or her vehicle. This can be through evidence that the other driver was issued a traffic citation, or it may be through witness or videotape testimony.
The victim must also show that his or her injuries were a direct result of the defendant’s negligence. This “causation” element of a negligence lawsuit is often hotly contested. If you have been involved in a serious New York accident, consult with a dedicated attorney before bringing your case.
Have You Been Injured in a New York City Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a New York City accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages. To learn more about the laws in New York that allow for the innocent victims of car accidents to recover for their injuries, call the New York personal injury law firm Duffy & Duffy. The dedicated advocates at Duffy & Duffy have years of experience recovering for their clients in all kinds of New York personal injury suits, including car accidents. Call (516) 394-4200 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
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“Special Knowledge” Jury Instruction Required Reversal of Verdict in Plaintiff’s Favor, Long Island Injury Lawyers Blog, September 29, 2014.