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An MTA bus and a car collided head-on in Brooklyn, leaving 25 people hurt, according to New York magazine (1.8.15).
Three people were critically injured, three others suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and 19 bus passengers had minor injuries. The three people who were critically injured were riding in the two cars. The bus driver was one of the 19 people who had minor injuries.
According to New York magazine, a BMW caused the accident when it hit another car then slammed into the crowded MTA bus. Brooklyn New 12 posted surveillance video showing the black BMW colliding with the Nissan Altima that was leaving a parking lot. The BMW then swerved into the front driver’s side of the bus. The accident took place in East Flatbush.
Having surveillance camera footage is especially helpful in car accident cases, as the camera is an impartial observer that can help determine who was at fault. Often times, a video may even help avoid a trial.
To help prove that an accident victim’s injuries were caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, an experienced lawyer will gather any available video surveillance, in addition to all other available evidence. A lawyer may interview witnesses, take photos of the accident scene, and review medical records to make sure that injuries and medical expenses are adequately compensated.
On Utica Avenue where the accident took place, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. According to New York magazine, a witness said that the BMW involved in the crash was speeding before the accident. Investigators who review the video will be able to see if this was indeed the case.
Speeding is a negligent act. A person who speeds is failing to act in a reasonably safe manner. He or she is doing something that should not be done. If a driver is not reasonably careful and injures someone as a result, then that driver is liable for the accident and injuries. Victims of car accidents caused by the negligence of others are entitled to compensation for injuries, lost wages, property damage and more.
An experienced auto accident lawyer can help prove faults and determine liabilities after an accident.