Another Bus Crash
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
By: Kelda Doherty
Yet another bus crash has occurred in the City of New York. This one took place in the Corona area of Queens. The crash occurred on July 13th when a vehicle, driven by plaintiff Yesid Sanchez, was struck by a school bus when passing through an intersection.
The plaintiff sued both the driver and the owner of the bus, Lonero Transit Inc., claiming that the driver was negligent in his operation of the vehicle, ignoring a stop sign which governed his entrance to the intersection. The plaintiff also claimed the owner was vicariously liable. The defendant bus driver did admit to not immediately noticing the stop sign and estimated that 2 to 3 feet of the bus had passed the line before applying the brakes.
Sanchez sustained trauma as a result of the crash, suffering a bulging disc which required him to undergo months of physical therapy, three epidural injections for pain, and necessary spinal surgery for fusion of his spine's discs. The injury has left him with permanent residual pain and physical limitations preventing his resumption of work.
With the use of a mediator, a pre-trial settlement was reached between the parties for the sum of $2,925,000.