Woman Seriously Hurt in Accident with City Paratransit Bus
A collision involving an Access-A-Ride bus in the Bronx sent a 23-year-old woman to the hospital recently. The accident occurred on Castle Hill Avenue, when the woman’s SUV smashed into the bus at about 5:45 a.m. on May 14.
The cause of the wreck is currently unknown. The woman’s SUV was crushed in the wreck, with major damage to the front-right side of the vehicle. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center where she was hospitalized in critical condition. The driver of the small bus suffered only minor injuries, but the front of his bus was severely damaged.
Access-A-Ride is a paratransit service provided through the city by the MTA, with service extending into Nassau County. Certain disabled individuals are eligible to call the service for rides throughout the city. The program has recently been accused of failing to provide service to those who need it, with more than 31,000 passengers in 2015 never receiving the rides they requested. Many of the vehicles in the program are operated by contractors.
Those who have been hurt in accidents involving government vehicles or government contractors often face difficulties in their attempts to recover compensation for medical costs and other expenses. Claims arising from accidents involving government services must typically be filed very quickly, with the New York Court of Claims Act mandating that notice of a personal injury claim against the city or state be filed within 90 days of an accident.
If you’ve been hurt in any type of accident involving a government employee or vehicle, it is essential that you seek legal representation right away. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia help victims pursue compensation after accidents throughout New York City’s five boroughs.