Waterloo Tour Bus Accident Lawyer Reacts to New York State Thruway Crash Involving Bus and Matrix Tractor Trailer: 1 Dead, 30 Injured

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Bottar Leone, PLLC, a premier upstate New York personal injury law firm, surveys why a tractor trailer crashed into the rear of a tour bus in Geneva, New York, near the popular Finger Lakes Premium Outlets.

This is upstate New York's second tour bus accident in one week. Since Sunday, more than 50 people have been injured.

According to USATODAY.com, at around 1:30 a.m. this morning, a Matrix tractor trailer carrying seven tons of automotive ball bearings crashed into the rear of a tour bus traveling eastbound on the New York State Thruway, near the Waterloo premium outlet mall located in the Finger Lakes.

The New York State Thruway accident caused the bus, which was carrying more than fifty passengers, and a tractor trailer operated by Michigan-resident, Timothy Hume, to catch fire. Hume was killed in the crash. Nearly three dozen passengers were injured in the New York tour bus accident, and were taken to hospitals in Syracuse and Rochester, New York. The tour bus was traveling from Ontario, Canada to New York City.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report seventeen tour bus accidents in 2011, resulting in more than 30 deaths and 300 injuries. "The past week, and year, have been particularly hard for bus passengers traveling through upstate New York," said Michael A. Bottar, a New York Thruway tractor trailer accident attorney. "On July 17, 2011, a Bedore Tours bus drove off of the highway and crashed in Avoca, New York. Several people were killed and dozens were injured. On September 11, 2010, just ten months earlier, a Megabus full of people from around the world, including many Canadian citizens, crashed into a CSX railroad bridge in Syracuse, New York.

"Investigating bus accident for clients located around the world is not new to us," Bottar said. "In the days following the Megabus crash, our team of New York bus accident lawyers was contacted to protect the interests of several individuals from Canada who suffered a loss. Our experience with that incident should be useful to our investigation into the cause of the Matrix crash."

Early reports suggest that the Matrix tractor trailer struck the rear of the tour bus as it was re-entering a lane of travel. "As the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires drivers to (1) safely enter a roadway, and (2) to maintain a safe distance between the front of their vehicle and the rear of another vehicle, tickets could issue as a result of this accident," Bottar said. At this time, liability for the crash is unclear.

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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120 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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