Multiple Students Injured In Bus Crash After Vehicle Hit Overpass
LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK (April 11, 2018) – Dozens of students returning home a spring break trip to Europe when their bus hit a low hanging overpass on the Southern State Parkway.
The students and chaperons were heading back to Long Island at the time of the crash. Lakeview police are saying that the bus accident took place around 5:30 a.m. and had just left Kennedy Airport from their trip with EF Educational Tours.
Two 17 year-old girls were seriously injured in the accident and a number of people were left with minor injuries. The bus collision appears to have sheared the top off of the bus.
The bus made it out of the other side of the overpass. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing. But authorities are saying that the GPS on board the bus may have failed to direct the bus away from this route.
LIABILITY IN BUS ACCIDENTS
Bus drivers have a responsibility to drive in a reasonably safe manner. If a bus driver causes an accident while working within the scope and course of their employment, the company that they work for may be vicariously liable. Moreover, GPS manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that their products are in working order. Unfortunately, GPS systems can sometimes malfunction and direct drivers to take dangerous routes. Charles Schumer, a Senator from New York, has been pushing for legislation for years after a number of trucks have hit low overpass bridges. If a GPS system malfunctions and this contributes to an accident, any person that is injured may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer for damages.
Moreoveror, there is a difference between consumer GPS units that you can buy at stores like Target and commercial GPS units designed for bus and truck drivers. Consumer GPS units typically will not warn bus or truck drivers about the dangers of specific routes because they were designed be used in cars. A truck’s GPS system would normally warn drivers about traveling down restricted access roads and create a new route.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the horrific bus accident in Lakeview. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Was this bus driver using a consumer GPS system or a commercial GPS system. The victims of this accident need answers and deserve accountability. Anyone with knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators for the sake of all of those involved.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a bus accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.