A car went through a stop sign and injured fourteen people in an MTA bus accident in Canarsie, Brooklyn, reported the New York Post (3.30.15). Two of the bus passengers were hurt seriously.
The car hit the B6 bus on Glenwood Road near East 1902nd Street. Thirteen passengers on the bus along with the driver of the car were rushed to area hospitals.
The accident was being investigated.
Running a stop sign is one of the most common moving violations. Drivers who run a stop sign are also one of the top causes of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 33,561 people were killed and 2,362,000 injured in U.S. traffic accidents in 2012. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 72 percent of fatal crashes occur at intersections controlled by stop signs. Most often, the cause of the collision can be attributed to a driver failing to yield the right of way.
The more common ways drivers behave negligently at stop signs, include:
- Failing to stop at the stop sign — this can be made worse if the negligent driver is speeding.
- Not coming to a complete stop or stopping for a too short an amount of time.
- Neglecting to look for other cars at the intersection.
- Driving with distractions, including texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, or dealing with children or other passengers.
- Skidding out of control because of rain, ice or snow.
- Driving under the influence.
Unfortunately, a driver may deny responsibility for the accident even if he or she is at fault. In every case, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent, and that the defendant’s negligence played a part in causing the plaintiff’s injuries.
Photographs, witness statements, and physical evidence can help to prove liability in the event of an auto accident. The position of the cars and the damage to them is often good evidence to show how an accident happened, and who is at fault. An experienced lawyer can help the victim of a car accident gather the evidence needed to prove liability.
Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others depend on stop signs to keep them safe, and one mistake is all it takes to cause a serious injury or death. Individuals who have been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence should talk with an auto accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm to ensure that justice is served and rightful compensation is received.