YESTERDAY, April 8th: A bus carrying a group of high-school students who had just returned from a spring break trip to Europe slammed into an overpass on a Long Island highway Sunday night, leaving the roof torn off and seriously injuring two people, state police said (source: https://nypost.com/2018/04/08/bus-crashes-on-highway-in-long-island/)
It is reported that the driver of this bus did not know that there is a height limit on our Long Island, NY parkways. Newsday reported there were 38 students and five chaperones on the bus that crashed into a Southern State Parkway overpass, injuring six of the passengers seriously and leaving 37 with minor injuries.The fact that there were no fatalities and only injuries is extremely fortunate in this case. It could have been much worse. Injured students, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were returning from a spring break trip to Europe. Several are from Huntington High School.
UPDATE: Police have announced that this Bus driver was using ‘noncommercial’ GPS – this could be an instance of gross negligence (a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both). Especially if the driver was instructed and trained to use the commercial GPS system.
Victims and parents of victims: know your rights and contact a Personal Injury attorney today.
Every year, thousands of people are killed or sustain serious injuries in accidents involving buses. Tragically, many of these accidents are the result of negligent bus drivers and their employers. TheFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has noted that bus crashes and personal injury incidents involving buses are, unfortunately on the rise: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/safety/data-and-statistics/81121/2017-pocket-guide-large-truck-and-bus-statistics-final-508c-0001.pdf
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
There are some common causes of bus accidents in New York and across the United States.
These include driver fatigue or distracted driver, particularly a driver who is texting or using some other type of electronic device at the time of an accident.
Other frequent causes of bus accidents include mechanical failure of some sort or an intoxicated or impaired driver.
Speeding or violating other rules of the road round out the list of the most common causes of bus accidents in New York and Long Island.
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been in a bus accident, contact our bus accident attorneys right here in the heart of Long Island, NY, for free. We are a No Fee firm and only get paid if we win your case. We have a proven track record and will FIGHT FOR YOU.