A 64-year-old man was injured in a New York bus accident involving an MTA vehicle. According to an NBC New York report, the pedestrian accident happened at Madison and Jackson Streets on the Lower East Side.
Surveillance video from the bus accident shows that the man had the right of way when he stepped into the crosswalk with his walking cane. The bus struck him resulting in a serious arm injury. It is unclear if the bus driver will be suspended or cited for the crash.
This accident was the third time in November 2015 an MTA bus struck a pedestrian. A 59-year-old woman was in a crosswalk when she was struck and killed by an MTA bus in Queens. Two days later, a 70-year-old woman was killed by a bus while crossing a street in Brooklyn. In that case, the driver left the woman in the middle of the road and drove away. The driver now faces felony charges for leaving the scene of a fatal collision.
Bus drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. They also have a duty of care to their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. When a bus driver is inexperienced or behaves in a careless manner, it puts everyone on the road at risk. Recent New York City bus accidents have involved bus drivers who failed to yield the right of way, drove distracted, sped, or behaved in a reckless manner.
Victims of New York bus accidents have the right to pursue financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages. But, don’t accept a settlement from a bus company or insurance provider without first discussing your case with an attorney.
A New York City bus accident attorney will make sure that your rights are protected and that you’re offered just compensation for your losses. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you.
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