A school bus full of children flipped onto its side after colliding with a cab in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Surveillance video captured the crash. Investigators are using it to try to determine if either driver ran a red light, reported CBS News (3.10.14). David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said it is beneficial that the accident was recorded on video.
“Determining the at-fault party is made easier in a number of cases if there is video of the accident, said Perecman. “Photos or video of the accident can provide strong evidence for determining fault.”
Three adults and six children were injured in the accident. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, said CBS News.
According to CBS News, the video showed the New York City Boro cab inching through the intersection, followed by the precise moment of impact when the yellow mini-school bus and cab collided.
The impact flipped the school bus and sent the taxi careening into a light pole, said CBS News.
A report (DOT HS 811 366) from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes in 2008. Close to 7 percent of intersection-related crashes were caused by illegal maneuvers.
“The rules of the road do not always prevent accidents from taking place,” said Perecman, an auto accident lawyer for over 30 years. “Running red lights and failing to obey stop signs can lead to injuries that range from the minor, to major, and may involve serious injury or death.”
Six students on the school bus were non-verbal and autistic, CBS News reported.
CBS reported that residents said “accidents happen at the dangerous intersection all the time.”
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an auto accident caused by a dangerous road, contact the auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm.
The CBS News story cited is “9 Hurt When School Bus Overturns In Brooklyn Crash With Taxi.”