MANHATTAN, NY – An MTA bus struck and killed a woman riding her bicycle on the Upper East Side on Tuesday morning,
The 19-year-old victim was riding her bicycle on the road near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 59th Street. Fox 5 New York, reports that the cyclist crossed into the bus lane at approximately 9:00 a.m. and was hit by a BXM10 MTA bus. Witnesses reported that the cyclist hit the right-rear bus wheel, which caused her to lose control of the bike and fall. The bus then ran her over as she was lying in the road.
Officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that the cyclist suffered massive head trauma during the collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene Authorities have not released the cyclist’s name to the public at this time.
The 50-year-old bus driver did not immediately realize that the accident occurred and continued driving for half a block before stopping, according to the Daily News. The driver then returned to the scene of the accident and cooperated with the police.
The NYPD did not charge the bus driver after the accident. However, officials are still investigating the fatal collision.
Injuries from Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving buses and other commercial vehicles are extremely dangerous and can have serious or even deadly consequences. Commercial vehicles often are much larger than most other vehicles on the road and they weigh significantly more. These factors increase the force of the impact when a collision occurs. Additionally, commercial vehicles may have numerous blind spots and a wide turning radius, which makes them much more likely to cause accidents while on the road.
No matter whether you are a driver, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, if you are involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, you may suffer extreme injuries from the accident, including but not limited to:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Neck and spine injuries
- Spine and spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
These injuries typically require emergency medical care, and you may have to undergo additional medical treatment and rehabilitation long after the accident occurs.
In the worst-case scenario, an accident with a commercial vehicle can have life-altering consequences such as paralysis, permanent brain damage, coma, seizures, and even death. If the crash was caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver, the MTA, or another entity, you could be entitled to seek full and fair compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you lost a loved one in a bus crash caused by negligence, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death action to recover funeral and burial costs, final medical bills, loss of financial support, and emotional support, among other damages including pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death.
Contact a New York Accident Lawyer
The New York accident attorneys at Oresky & Associates PLLC understand the importance of just financial compensation after a bus accident caused by negligence. With over 25 years of experience fighting for injured New Yorkers, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve.