Bronx, NY — March 11, 2019, a woman was fatally injured as the result of an accident where a school bus ran her over in a crosswalk on Boston Road.
According to initial details released by police, the incident happened Monday night at the intersection of Boston Road and Wilkins Road.
Police investigators said that the 80-year-old woman was attempting to cross the intersection in a crosswalk. While doing so, a yellow school bus made a right turn off Wilkins onto Boston, striking the woman in the process.
The woman succumbed to fatal injuries following transport to a local hospital. The bus driver stayed at the scene, and police charged him with failure to yield.
At this time, additional details surrounding the accident remain unclear.
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A lot of people read about an accident like this, see the bus driver was cited, and assume the case is open-and-shut for the victim’s family. In reality, the law is far more complex than that. The simple fact this incident involves a government vehicle makes the process challenging.
Each state has its own laws on the subject, but generally speaking there are special rules regarding claims against a government entity. While there are many aspects worth considering, perhaps the most important is the notice requirement. A notice requirement essentially means victims and families must tell the government entity they intend to file suit within a certain time limit. If they miss this deadline, their case essentially vanishes.
What makes this more challenging is some cities and counties give victims as little as 45 days to give notice. Like I said, the specifics vary from region to region. Even with clear facts, there are still legal challenges people need to consider following a deadly incident like this. That’s why it’s important to understand the legal complexities surrounding any given accident and take the necessary steps to overcome these challenges as soon as possible.
–Grossman Law Offices