Seven Children Injured In Central Islip School Bus Accident On Locust Avenue By Route 111
CENTRAL ISLIP, NEW YORK (November 22, 2019) – A total of 11 people and seven children were injured in a school bus accident by Locust Avenue and Route 111.
Suffolk Police are saying that the accident took place around 11:17 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a Honda Civic struck the side of the school bus causing it to flip over on Route 111.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. Both the driver and a passenger in the Honda Civic had to be taken to the hospital.
Seven children on the bus ages 5 to 6 were transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and Southside Hospital in order to be treated.
One adult passenger on the bus as well as the bus driver were also treated for injuries. An investigation into the school bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Central Islip School Bus Accidents
According to the Journalist’s Resource, “on average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.” There are a number of factors commonly associated with bus accidents including:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication
School buses are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. Even if a bus driver did not cause an accident they can sometimes make things worse by over-correcting. This is a very common and sometimes deadly mistake. All buses that are capable of carrying 16 or more passengers are required to carry at least $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage.
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to continue to seek follow up care after an accident. Many accident victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months later. A school bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Central Islip School Bus Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to all of the victims of this bus accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a school bus accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.