Charter bus strikes city bus in Queens, killing three and injuring sixteen

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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