Over the last few months, the federal government has devoted significant time and resources into making commercial bus travel a safer transportation option. Unfortunately, crashes continue to occur.
Earlier this month, a casino bus crashed outside New York City, sending 24 passengers to the hospital. Thankfully, unlike a similar bus accident last year that occurred just two miles away from last week’s crash site, no passengers were killed.
According to authorities, the bus was travelling from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to a stop in Chinatown in Queens. The driver lost control of the bus, causing it to cross three lanes of traffic before sliding along a barrier and ultimately coming to a stop.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, though authorities believe the driver had been driving too fast, given the wet conditions on the road. According to the Associated Press, the company that operates the bus has been cited for unsafe driving four times in the last two years. In addition, every recorded safety inspection has resulted in the carrier receiving at least one vehicle maintenance violation.
Charges have not yet been filed, but may be once the investigation is complete.
New York Bus Crashes
All bus passengers have a right to expect that the vehicle they are riding in has been properly maintained and that the driver is responsible enough to understand how to drive safely, even in adverse weather conditions.
When this covenant is breached, injured passengers have a right to seek damages in a personal injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New York bus accident, an attorney can help you understand your options.