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Three Seriously Hurt in MTA Bus Accident at Utica and Clarendon in East Flatbrush, New York

EAST FLATBRUSH, NY — Three people were seriously injured immediately following an accident with an MTA bus in East Flatbrush, New York on Wednesday, January 7th, 2014. The articles about the accident said that the crash happened just minutes before 4:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Three people were in critical condition after two cars and an MTA bus collided at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Clarendon Road. Investigators said that one of the vehicles, a BMW and a Nissan Altima collided while the Altima was pulling out of a parking lot. The impact pushed the BMW into the path of the MTA bus when the two collided.

Three people were taken by EMS to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries.

The investigation is being handled by officials from the New York State Police.

Scene of the Accident

View from the Road


With this situation in particular, I’d probably say that the vehicle pulling out of the parking lot would be faulted for the accident. If they didn’t look, or see the other car that they hit, I can’t see too many reasons why they wouldn’t be based on the news reports I’ve researched about this accident. Everybody has a duty to make sure the path is clear before attempting any kind of turn. Conversely, if the timescale of this accident happened over a longer time than a split second, looking at the bus driver’s reaction speed may answer a few more questions. If the driver failed to react as a reasonable person in the same situation would have, then the bus company could bear some of the liability.

Based on what I’ve seen though, I seriously doubt that the BMW will faulted, but there could be facts I haven’t seen just yet.

— Grossman Law Offices

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