A city bus struck a charter bus in Flushing, Queens early on Monday, killing three people and injuring 16 more, according to news reports and reported by the Post-Gazette here. A 68-year old man who was a pedestrian on the scene was trapped beneath one of the buses and died while at the scene. A 55-year-old man and the 49-year old driver of the charter bus also died later of their injuries at local hospitals. The authorities are still investigating the accident, but the information released so far discussed just how tragic this accident was.

The charter bus was operated by Dahlia Travel and Tours, and reports say it crashed into the Q20 city bus at 6:15 a.m. The accident occurred at Northern Boulevard and Main Street when the charter bus apparently ran through the intersection and crashed into the turning city bus before slamming into a Kennedy Fried Chicken restaurant. There were no passengers on the charter bus at the time of the crash, but the city bus did have passengers at the time of the crash.

 

 

Most of the seriously and critically injured passengers were taken to the Queens New York Presbyterian Hospital, while those with non-life-threatening injuries were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for treatment. While most of us understand that accidents can happen at any time, it is important to realize that accidents like this could have been avoided. The bus driver of the city bus and the passengers did not have to suffer the injuries they suffered, and someone should be held accountable for their injuries and the pain and suffering they now have to endure due to the accident.

According to New York City workplace accident attorneys, the bus driver may be able to file a lawsuit for injuries suffered in the crash, while the injured passengers may be eligible to file personal injury lawsuits as well. They may argue that the charter bus driver acted negligently when running through the intersection, or the charter bus company may have failed to properly train the driver or ensure that a safe driving requirement was followed.

Those who were injured in the accident may wish to pursue legal action against the party responsible for the accident to recover medical expenses, pain, and suffering lost wages, and other financial compensation. The company that runs the charter bus, the Flushing-based Dahlia charter group apparently had several violations that placed it in the bottom 20 percent of charter companies, and in fact, the company had been cited for its buses speeding by at least 15 miles per hour. The company seems to have a spotty record of safety to begin with, so it may be discovered that unsafe practices were encouraged or at the very least, overlooked.

For more information on this tragic accident, read the news story by the Post-Gazette here or check back with us on our blog for updated details about this accident. The law firm website that we linked to is also a good resource if you want to learn more about workplace injuries and what action the injured bus driver may be able to take, or the actions that the injured passengers may be eligible for if they decided to take legal action.


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A no-zone area is just like the blind spots for your car, only a no-zone is a blind spot for a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler. A Massachusetts personal injury attorney may say that these areas are large enough to easily fit the average sized car, so it is important to be aware of these locations in order to stay safe.

No-zones are located immediately in front of and behind the truck, as well as an area to either side right behind the driver and passenger doors. These areas are not visible to the trucker even with their mirrors. The truckers are forced to physically turn around in order to check their bind spots before changing lanes or turning. Unfortunately, many truckers chose not to check these areas or forget to check them and accidents occur. An accident between an 18-wheeler and the average car can cause little to no damage to the truck but absolutely demolish the smaller vehicle. These types of accidents are severe and cause very serious injuries.

There are a few things you can remember to do and keep in mind while driving near these large trucks in order to stay away from unsafe situations. Remembering the locations of the no-zones and staying out of these areas is important. However, you also need to remember that large vehicles like these take much longer to slow down, so it is smart to keep a good distance between you and the truck if in front of or behind them. These large vehicles have a very wide turn radius and often have to swing left before making a right turn. Make sure to give them room on either side.

Truck drivers are aware of how large and cumbersome their vehicles are and try their best to drive safely. Most often accidents between a truck and car are at the fault of the driver of the car. Being aware of these unsafe areas will help to keep you safe and reduce accidents.


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This time of year, a countless number of roads are covered in ice, making vehicles more susceptible to accidents. The website of the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® says that accidents cause not only a physical burden, but a psychological and financial one as well. To avoid getting in a motor vehicle accident this winter, follow these guidelines.

Avoid the pressure to speed or even go the speed limit if the weather is bad. Some major cities have a culture of going above the speed limit, but if you stay in the slow lane, most people will not unleash their road rage on you. If you usually speed in order to get to work on time, wake up a few minutes earlier and take your breakfast to-go to save time while still having a safe commute.

Follow the newest laws of the land and stay off of your phone. Many cities are finally beginning to implement official laws forbidding any sort of cell phone use while driving. If your car does not come with bluetooth, invest in a bluetooth headset to avoid not only accidents, but also heavy fines. If someone is with you while you are driving and navigation is necessary, hand off the responsibility of looking at the GPS to them. If you are alone, however, look at the directions beforehand and make sure your GPS gives verbal directions to avoid having to look down while driving.

Treat driving fatigued the same as driving under the influence. Both cause slow reaction time, which is especially dangerous on an icy road where there is less traction. Take advantage of the new ride share businesses. They may be more expensive than driving yourself, but consider it a small fee in comparison to what you would face if you were in an accident.

According to the website of Abel Law Firm, there is a car accident every eight seconds in the United States. This is far too common to consider precautions unnecessary.


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