School Bus Crash in Queens Result of Cell Phone Use

School Bus Crash in Queens Result of Cell Phone Use


06/28/2012 // New York City, NY, USA // New York City Accident Lawyer // Jonathan C Reiter // (press release)

On Monday, June 18, 2012, at approximately 6:30 am, a school bus carrying special needs children overturned after a two-vehicle crash, according to information received by Jonathan C Reiter, a Manhattan accident lawyer. Police reported the accident occurred at the intersection of 150th Street and 87th Avenue in Briarwood, and resulted in injuries sustained by seven people.

As stated by reports, a yellow cab ran a red light at approximately 6:30am, Monday morning, smashing into the school bus, which was carrying children from PS80 and Yeshiva University High School. Witnesses report the cab driver was using his cellphone at the time of the accident, explains Reiter.

All but one of the injured parties, five children and one adult, were treated for minor injuries and released from Long Island Jewish Hospital after the accident. The bus matron had been trapped inside the bus after the accident, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital after emergency crews unpinned her.

The cab was carrying no passengers at the time of the accident.

Many states have adopted laws regarding cellphone and wireless device use while driving including New York, explains Mr. Reiter. And after a U.S. Department of Transportation report by Secretary Ray LaHood on June 7, 2012, many more states may adopt restrictions. In LaHood’s “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving,” a sweeping strategy to tackle “the growing and dangerous practice of using handheld cell phones while behind the wheel.”

The report described distracted driving as an epidemic, adding, “people are continuing to be killed and injured.” The report concludes with a strong call to action for states to enact strong laws, educators to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving and the public to start campaigns to end distracted driving.

Reiter explains that at least 3,092 people were killed in distraction-related crashes, according to DOT reports. During the same year, another 416,000 people were injured in crashes that resulted from a distracted driver.

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