New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Weighs in on Times Square Double Decker Bus Crash

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A double-decker sightseeing bus crashed in Times Square Aug. 5 injuring at least 15 people. None of the injuries are life threatening and officials are still looking into why the driver of a Grayline bus lost control, hit another sightseeing bus and careened onto the sidewalk where hundreds of tourists and shoppers were walking, according to an article in The New York Times.

Not only are passengers at risk of serious injury or death in such cases, but it can also affect others on the roadway such as drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Fifteen people were injured after a Grayline double-decker bus crashed into a plaza in Times Square Aug. 5. According to a news report in The New York Times, the bus was traveling on Seventh Avenue when it collided with a CitySights NY double-decker bus at the corner of 47th Street. The Gray Line bus then careened onto the sidewalk at Duffy Square hurtling toward hundreds of tourists and shoppers, before toppling a streetlight and sending debris flying at pedestrians. The bus came to a stop when it hit a stone bench, the Times reports.

Investigators are still looking into what caused this injury collision. The Times article said both bus companies are cooperating with local authorities in the investigation and are conducting internal reviews of their respective safety rules and driver protocols. Of the 15 who were injured, three people suffered serious but not life threatening injuries, the article stated.

"It is indeed fortunate that none of the injuries in this bus accident were critical or fatal," said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Since there were hundreds of people in the plaza, it is also fortunate that more people were not injured in this crash."

Bus accidents, especially on crowded New York City streets, have the potential to become catastrophic, Wilhelm said. "Not only are passengers at risk of serious injury or death in such cases, but it can also affect others on the roadway such as drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians."

With the proliferation of tourist buses especially in Times Square and other popular tourist destinations, it is important for the city to regulate the number of large buses that are allowed on these busy streets, Wilhelm said. "Any time we have large buses in an area that is crowded with tourists, shoppers and heavy pedestrian traffic, it is a disaster waiting to happen. The city's lawmakers need to take a close look at how to make Times Square and other similar high-traffic areas more pedestrian-friendly."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 42 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, train accidents, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, falls on sidewalks or stairs, elevator accidents, construction accidents, building collapses and explosions, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, food poisoning injuries, carbon monoxide accidents, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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