New York Bedore Bus Crash In Steuben Under Review by Syracuse New York Tour Bus Accident Lawyers

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Bottar Leone, PLLC, a premier upstate New York personal injury law firm, reviews early reports about why a Bedore Tours bus left Interstate 390, traveled down an embankment and crashed, killing two and injuring dozens.

This is the seventeenth tour bus accident this year.

According to, at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, a Bedore Tours bus heading from Washington, D.C., to Niagara Falls, crashed into a wooded area located just off I-390 in Avoca, New York, approximately 60 miles south of Rochester.

The New York tour bus crash caused the death of two bus passengers, Sakina Kiazar and Shail Khanna. Both women were from New Delhi, India. Dozens of other passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals, including Strong Memorial. "Where, as here, a tour bus leaves the roadway, there is a very real risk of personal injury to occupants because bus passengers frequently are not provided, or do not wear, seat belts," said New York bus crash lawyer Michael A. Bottar, of Bottar Leone, PLLC.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report seventeen tour bus accidents in 2011, resulting in more than 30 deaths and 300 injuries. "The past year has been particularly hard for upstate New York bus passengers," Bottar added. "On September 11, 2010, a Megabus full of people from around the world, including citizens of India, crashed into a CSX railroad bridge in Syracuse, New York. Our team of New York bus accident lawyers was retained immediately after that tour bus crash to represent the interests of several individuals (including non-U.S. citizens) who suffered a loss."

Early reports suggest that the Bedore Tours bus had a tire blow-out immediately before the bus left I-390. "In our mind, it is too early to place blame. Right now, the focus should be on preserving evidence so that the authorities, and personal injury attorneys with experience handling bus accidents, can determine down the road who, if anyone, is responsible for what happened."    

Bottar Leone, PLLC, was recognized in 2010 by U.S. News and World Reports as a First Tier personal injury law firm. With offices in Syracuse, Utica, Albany and Binghamton, the firm has, since 1983, limited its practice to serving the victims of negligence and malpractice throughout the State of New York.

Bottar Leone, PLLC
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Syracuse, NY 13202

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