Queens Bus Accident: 55-Year-Old Woman Injured In Queens MTA Bus Accident By Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard In Briarwood
QUEENS, NEW YORK (November 22, 2019) – A 55-year-old woman was seriously injured in an MTA bus accident in Briarwood by the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard.
Queens police are saying that the accident first took place around 6:00 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the Q65 MTA bus hit the woman causing her to be seriously injured.
Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. She had to be transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment for head trauma.
There is an ongoing investigation into the Queens MTA bus accident by Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard.
Liability In Queens MTA Bus Accidents
Buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” There are a number of reasons why bus accidents take place:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
Bus drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians and other cars before making left turns. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law (Sec. 1411), “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Most intersections are covered by surveillance footage. This can be instrumental in helping to determine liability.
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. FMCSA regulations require buses that can carry 16 or more passengers to have at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is properly collected and preserved after an accident. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens Bus Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to the woman injured in this bus accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to NYPD as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that city officials will examine what measures can be taken to make this particular intersection safer.