An 8-month-old baby died after a bus jumped a curb and struck a lamppost, knocking it onto her carriage. The bus also hit a parked car, which then hit several other parked cars, including one with four passengers, who were injured. The bus driver was allegedly using a cellphone while driving, said CBS News (7.30.13). Police are looking into negligence on the part of the driver, said auto accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
The baby was taken to a local hospital where she died of “massive head injuries,” said CBS News.
Authorities were unsure if the driver was texting or talking on his phone at the time of the accident, according to CBS News.
Nine people or more across the U.S. die each day in vehicular accident blamed on distracted drivers, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this fact, adult drivers continue to talk on their cellphones and text. One 2011 study revealed 69% of drivers ages 18 to 64 admitted talking on their phones while driving within the 30 days before the survey was taken. Additionally, 31% reported they had read or sent a text message or email while driving during that same time period.
“If a loved one is lost due to the fault or negligence of another individual, close family members may have grounds for a wrongful death claim,” said Perecman. “Using a cell phone while driving is negligent behavior.”
The auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped many people, and/or their next of kin, obtain the compensation they deserve following bus and auto accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The CBS News story cited is “Bus Driver Charged In Crash That Killed 8-Month-Old Baby In West New York”.