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School Bus Accident in Queens: A Legal Perspective

NYC school busA recent accident involving a school bus, an SUV, and a parked Lexus on the eastbound Nassau Expressway near Van Wyck Expressway in Queens has once again brought to light the critical issue of road safety, especially concerning school buses. The incident, which occurred just before noon on Monday, resulted in serious injuries to two individuals and involved about 20 students.

According to the FDNY, the accident began when a 60-year-old SUV driver, attempting to merge lanes, side-swiped a school bus operated by Meir Transport LLC. This collision led to a subsequent crash involving a parked Lexus, with a 62-year-old man inside, near John F. Kennedy International Airport. Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the drivers were not life-threatening, and the students on the bus, along with others involved, refused medical attention.

Legal Implications and Liability

From a legal standpoint, this incident raises several questions about liability and responsibility. The SUV driver’s action—improper merging—could be seen as a breach of the duty of care owed to other road users, especially to a school bus carrying young students. This breach could potentially lead to personal injury claims from those involved.

Furthermore, the presence of the school bus adds another layer of legal complexity. School buses are subject to stringent safety regulations, and any incident involving them is taken very seriously. The psychological impact on the students, who may have been shaken by the event, is also a critical consideration, even if they did not sustain physical injuries.

This accident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of road safety, particularly around school buses. Drivers must be extra cautious when driving near school buses, understanding that these vehicles carry our most precious cargo—children.

What Should You Do in a School Bus Accident?

If you find yourself involved in a school bus accident, it is crucial to:
– Seek immediate medical attention, even if no injuries are apparent.
– Contact law enforcement to report the accident.
– Document everything at the scene, if possible.
Consult with a school bus accident attorney to understand your legal rights and options.

As school bus accident attorney, my commitment is to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, especially the young students. If you or your loved ones have been involved in a school bus accident, it’s important to seek legal guidance promptly. Our team is dedicated to providing the support and expertise needed to navigate the aftermath of such incidents.