A crash involving a rental box truck and a full school bus left more than 30 people hurt in Queens. According to ABC News (4.18.15), the truck collided with a car and the school bus, then careened through the front of a food store in Queens. A customer inside of the store was left pinned against a fruit case by the truck. She was the person most seriously injured in the accident.
There were 23 children aboard the bus. None were seriously injured, but all were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center for observation and evaluation.
The customer was taken to the hospital in critical condition and she is expected to survive.
The drivers of the truck and the bus were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, as was the driver of another car involved in the crash.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but New York Police Department Accident Reconstruction Teams took measurements and interviewed eyewitnesses for a number of hours, reported ABC News.
Rental truck accidents occur for a number of reasons and can have much more tragic endings. Despite the size of rental box trucks, drivers do not need a special license to drive them. At least one major truck rental company allows 18 year-olds to rent trucks and allows 16 year-olds to rent trailers. In contrast, most major car rental companies require drivers to be at least 25 and charge a surcharge for renters under that age. Most rental agencies in New York apply graduated surcharges to younger drivers, with the heaviest fees charged to those between 18 and 21, said USA Today. In other words, renting a truck can be easier than renting a subcompact car.
A truck is much more likely to be involved in a serious injury accident. People who rent the trucks often cause these accidents. Frequently, these drivers have no experience, training, or license to operate a truck. Trucks are bigger in size than cars, have sight disturbances and different handling characteristics. Driving a truck takes more skill and training than driving a car.
Large trucks accidents killed 3,921 people and injured 104,000 others in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Compensation for accident injuries involving a rental truck is dependent on many factors. A dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney will be able to explore all possible avenues of recovery, including the potential liability of the truck driver and-or the rental company if a vehicle defect played any part in causing the crash.