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High Speed School Bus Accidents Pose Elevated Risk of Multiple Injuries

January 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Bus accidents are always dangerous.  School buses are often held to lower safety standards than other passenger vehicles, relying on superior mass to dissipate the force of accidents.  This is often successful at lower speeds, as a small car hitting a bus will inflict massively more damage on the smaller vehicle than the larger.  But at higher speeds, there is too much force for even a large school bus to absorb it safely.

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New Law Cracking Down on Bus Driver DUIs

October 04, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The extent to which bus drivers in New York State drive under the influence is sadly unknowable, as only incidents that result in an accident or dangerous enough driving to be pulled over by the police can be charted.  Though parents may have suspicions, forcing the district to follow through on those suspicions can be hard.

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New York City Fails to Properly Check Background of Bus Drivers

September 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

After having been caught skipping or falsifying potentially hundreds of required background checks, the City of New York has announced the intention of not only clearing this backlog but also requiring additional checks on drivers.  Bus drivers will now follow the same vetting procedure as other Department of Education staff, including requirements for fingerprinting.

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The Importance of Bus Driver Protocol

May 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

More than 30 people were injured on May 18th, 2018, after two buses collided at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New York to New Jersey under the Hudson River.  The accident occurred when one transit bus rear-ended another.  Due to the low speed of the collision there were no deaths, but multiple serious injuries were reported. 

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Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Had Long History of Infractions

May 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The video of a school bus full of children attempting to cross multiple lanes of traffic is ready available online.  The incident occurred in New Jersey on May 17th, 2018, during a field trip. The driver had missed an exit, and rather than let GPS determine an alternate route, he attempted to quickly change course.  The decision was disastrous, resulting in an accident that left 40 injured and two people dead.

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Stay Informed When Travelling by Charter Bus

April 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A charter bus returning from an unofficial school trip struck an overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike on April 9th, 2018.  The bus was traveling on Long Island when the driver failed to account for the low clearances in the area.  The top of the bus was sheared off, leaving dozens of teenagers injured and terrified by what was happening around them. The driver was commercially licensed but not experienced in the locale, but was using a non-commercial grade GPS that fails to provide information on clearances.  Using proper equipment is an important first step in safety, but equipment alone will not keep you safe.

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Unsafe Tour Bus Practices Post Danger to Passengers

October 02, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you were to sit down and design the most unsafe situation for a passenger on a tour bus, you would look at three things: the driver, the bus, and the environment.  Evaluating each, you would determine what details each might possess that would increase the risk of a dangerous accident occurring.  And, even if you tried, you might fail to create a situation as dangerous as the one that left 3 dead and 18 injured in New York City on September 18, 2017.

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Varieties of Risks With Bus Transportation

June 19, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The bus is an American staple, used to transport millions of people every year.  With their large capacity, buses can be the ideal choice for a variety of different situations.  When driving the highways or even just making a quick trip to the supermarket, buses are a common sight, with many of us sharing the roads with them on a weekly basis.

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Investigation Continues into Deadly California Bus Crash

October 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Ten women and three men on their way back from a casino were fatally injured when the bus they were riding on collided with a tractor-trailer on a California highway early Sunday morning. Dozens of injured passengers were taken to three area hospitals for treatment, in what is being described as one of the deadliest crashes the state has ever seen.

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Will The New MTA Buses Help Reduce Accidents in NYC?

June 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Not many New Yorkers are fans of MTA buses. Whether it is sitting on a crowded bus waiting to get to your destination or trying to navigate your way around a bus in a car, on a bicycle, or on foot, most residents would rather avoid them all together. Now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking steps to improve the trip for riders, and make buses safer for motorists and pedestrians.

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Risks with Charter Buses and Travel

December 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes nobody wants to drive, or there are so many people attending the same event that a caravan of cars is environmentally unfriendly.  Sometimes a large amount of people need to get to the same far-off place for the same reason, or the company you work for would rather shuttle everybody to the convention than pay separate mileage for each car.  In those situations, hiring a charter bus can be a wonderful opportunity for everybody to sit back and have a fun trip.

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New York Attorney on Bus Accidents

November 10, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a terrible incident in Seattle, Washington on September 27th, 2015 left 50 people injured and four people dead, authorities immediately searched for an answer.  A duck boat, a special type of amphibious tour vehicle in the area, had collided with a bus, but no one was initially certain what went wrong.  Federal investigators were dispatched to the scene to see if they could determine the cause of the accident.

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Bus Accidents in the Big City

October 05, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Thirty-six hours is not a particularly long time.  There are times when it seems like thirty-six hours takes forever to pass, but for the most part a day and a half can slip by with us barely noticing.  A couple shifts of work, or a day of school, and time gets away.  Thirty-six hours is not a long time, but that is how long passes between bus accidents in the city of Chicago.

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Bus Accidents: Look Out Below

April 17, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We think we know how a bus accident will happen.  Either the bus will be struck by a truck or car, or the bus will lose traction on the road and flip over.  We have seen so many movies and have such active imaginations, we think we can guess how such an accident will occur.  Sometimes, our imaginations aren’t active enough.

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Buses and Motor Coach Accidents: What to Know Before You Travel in New York and Nationwide

February 26, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The tour bus crash in California in early February that killed several people and injured many more has everyone wondering about the safety conditions of tour buses and credentials of tour bus drivers. Was this an isolated incident? Probably not.  In other incidents, a crash occurred as a result of the driver losing control when the bus started sliding down a hill in icy conditions.  Another tour bus crashed when the driver suffered a fatal heart attack and, again, lost control of the vehicle. 

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Pedestrians Hit by Bus in Crosswalk Successful in Obtaining Summary Judgment

June 15, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Plaintiff pedestrian was crossing the street in a crosswalk with the light and pedestrian walk signal when struck by a by a NYC Transit bus as it was making a right turn. As the pedestrian was free from comparative fault and the defendant driver of the bus violated the NYC Traffic Rules and Regulations, the plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment on the issue of liability as a matter of law.

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