The plaintiff is a heavy equipment operator in his early 60s. The plaintiff was struck by a motor vehicle while he was loading a flatbed. The incident resulted in injuries to the plaintiff’s back and neck. The vehicle’s driver fled the scene, but fortunately a witness reported that the vehicle was a small bus and the driver was stopped one mile away from the accident scene.
The plaintiff sued the driver and the employer. Under the vicarious liability doctrine, an employer is liable for accidents resulting from employees’ negligence while they are within the scope of their employment.
Hach & Rose, LLP, representing the plaintiff, used the vicarious liability doctrine to hold the bus driver and the bus operator responsible for the plaintiff’s accident. Plaintiff’s counsel successfully proved the employer’s liability by submitting witness testimony who observed the bus leaving the area moments after the incident had occurred.
The bus driver denied having struck the plaintiff or anyone. Defense counsel contended that the witness could not positively identify the driver or the particular bus that she was driving.
After the presentation of proof, but prior to the scheduled start of closing arguments, the parties negotiated a settlement. The Plaintiff received $275,000 to compensate for past and future pain and suffering.
With over 8.2 million people living in New York City, traffic accidents are a daily occurrence across the city. Last week was no exception. Eleven people were sent to the hospital after a bus, a sports utility vehicle, and limousine crashed into each other.
The for-hire limousine, also known as a livery cab, attempted a U-turn at Broadway and 135th street the morning of Feb. 13 when it struck the SUV in the Harlem section of Manhattan.
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the driver of the SUV then lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked bus head on. Witnesses claimed a couple people in front of the bus “went flying.”
Fortunately, the 11 people hurt in the accident were all taken to local hospitals but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. Of the 11 injured, five were serious injuries and the other six were only minor.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by another party’s negligence, we want to help. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057 and learn more about what we can do.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that a New York City bus driver claimed that he “blacked out” while driving, which caused him to hit another vehicle, injuring three people.
Of the 18 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident, several passengers say that they realized what was happening and tried to help. Guy Praisler, a passenger on the bus, says that he ran to the front of the bus to try to “lean [the bus driver] back and steer a bit.” Other passengers say that they did not realize what was happening; they just noticed that the bus ride became “unstable” and “jerky.”
The bus ran into a parked vehicle on Madison Avenue near 80th street. Two people were taken to the hospital but authorities say that they had non-life-threatening injuries.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident caused by another party, contact the NYC personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.
The horrific death of a 16 year-old boy from Queens made national headlines this weekend after he was fatally injured when he opened the emergency hatch on the top level of a double-decker bus on Friday.
As the teen opened the hatch and stuck his head out, the party bus carrying 65 teenagers to a Sweet 16 party went under a highway underpass near the George Washington Bridge. Several teenagers on the bus saw the gruesome scene and many were covered in his blood.
Law enforcement says the teenager suffered traumatic head injuries, the New York Post reports. The company who owns the party bus plans on conducting an internal investigation.
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