Daniel Cammerman Manhattan: Dr. Daniel Cammerman Killed In Manhattan School Bus Accident While Riding Bicycle Near Central Park on 96th Street and Fifth Avenue
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (December 18, 2019) – A 50-year-old doctor and professor at Mount Sinai identified as Daniel Cammerman has tragically died after being hit by a school bus near Central Park.
New York Police Department officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Dr. Daniel Cammerman was riding his bicycle as a bus was passing by.
The victim appears to have lost control of his bicycle after hitting a patch of ice in the road. Daniel Cammerman fell to the ground and was later struck by the front tires of the bus.
The school bus was transporting 14 children at the time of the accident. Daniel Cammerman was transported to the Mount Sinai hospital but later died due to his injuries.
The driver of the school bus remained at the scene and no charges have been filed at this time. A full investigation into the school bus accident near Central Park remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Manhattan School Bus Accidents
Bus drivers have a heavy responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and take measures to avoid accidents. School buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and must take every precaution to avoid hitting pedestrians. 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].” Pedestrian accidents tend to happen when bus drivers are:
- Taking prescription medications
Bus drivers must travel according to the prevailing conditions like every other driver on the road. If there is ice on the streets going the speed limit may very well be reckless. But liability for an accident may extend beyond any driver. For example, a city or business owner could be liable for a bus accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on their property. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner.
For example, a business owner could be liable for an accident if they allowed ice to accumulate along a sidewalk and this caused a bicyclist to lose control. According to the New York State Bar, “if there is an unsafe condition (or activity) on the owned property, of which the owner knew, or should have known, and which caused injury to someone on adjacent property, the owner will be liable. For example, if the owner allows water to flow from his property onto adjacent property, which then freezes – forming ice, and results in a fall and injury, the owner will be liable.” It’s important that evidence is properly collected and preserved after an accident.
The family of any victim that died in a school bus accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse, children, parents or siblings. Unfortunately, bus companies and property owners will often fight vehemently to deny any liability for a school bus accident. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what went wrong.
Investigating A Manhattan School Bus Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Daniel Cammerman. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the NYPD at (212) 452-0600. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family and all who have been affected. This is the 29th cyclist death so far this year in NYC. Mayor De Blasio and city officials should implement additional measures to help keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.