On January 21, 2024, a serious collision occurred in Queens, New York, involving a school bus carrying dozens of students. The incident took place on the Nassau Expressway near Lefferts Boulevard early in the morning.
The school bus was involved in a collision with at least one other vehicle, prompting emergency responders to swiftly arrive at the scene. Of the 45 students aboard the bus, several sustained injuries, and two were reported to have serious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for urgent care.
Investigators from the New York City police department are actively conducting a full investigation to determine the precise cause of the crash and any contributing factors that may have led to this unfortunate event.
School bus-related accidents, while relatively rare, can still result in serious consequences. National statistics reveal that the majority of casualties in school bus-related crashes are not bus occupants but rather occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians. Nevertheless, the safety of school bus passengers remains a critical concern for parents, school districts, and authorities alike.
In cases such as this, where a school district or private bus company may be involved in an incident, the entity may be held responsible if the accident arose from the negligent actions of one of its employees while they were performing job-related duties. Those injured in such accidents could be entitled to file personal injury claims in pursuit of compensation for their suffering and associated costs.
The community extends its thoughts and well wishes to all of the students impacted by this distressing accident. A swift recovery is hoped for all those affected. School officials and law enforcement are urging anyone who might have information that could assist in the ongoing investigation to come forward.
The accident is a stark reminder of the need for vigilance and safety on the road, particularly when it involves the transportation of students. The importance of school bus safety regulations, attentive driving, and road infrastructure designed to protect young commuters is underscored by such incidents.
As New York City grapples with the aftermath of the collision, support for the students’ recovery and the ongoing investigation remains a priority for the community and local authorities.If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or died as the result of an accident, contact Queens personal injury attorneys Cohen & Jaffe for expert legal counsel. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information and may not be applicable in your jurisdiction.