It’s always tragic when an unexpected and preventable accident affects a life. Serious injuries and deaths due to the negligence of others have become too common in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. In our Brooklyn Accident & Legal News Report for March 27, we look at some recent examples of accidents and injury lawsuits from throughout the borough.
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31 Injured In Brooklyn School Bus Accident
31 People were injured after a school bus collided with another vehicle in Brooklyn on March 20, 2018. The accident happened near the corner of Rockaway Avenue and Eastern Parkway at around 12:45 pm, according to the NYPD.
31 people suffered minor injuries, with six being brought to a nearby hospital for treatment. Further circumstances regarding the accident were not immediately clear.
Couple Injured In 2017 Brooklyn Train Crash Files Lawsuit
A married couple who was among the 103 injured in a January 2017 Brooklyn train accident has filed a lawsuit against the Long Island Railroad for failing to prevent the crash.
The husband and wife flew out of their seats during the accident, when their train broke through a metal barrier while pulling into Atlantic Terminal on January 4th, 2017. Their lawsuit claims that they suffered “severe and serious personal injuries” during the wreck.
The National Transportation Safety Board found that the train operator may have been suffering from sleep apnea, causing him to fall asleep before the accident. The lawsuit alleges that this constitutes negligence for the LIRR and MTA “failing to properly monitor, regulate, limit and prevent train operator fatigue.”
This is the fourth lawsuit filed in relation to the accident, as three other riders have already sued the LIRR.
Man Files $13.5 Million BMW Product Liability Lawsuit In Brooklyn Federal Court
A man from Valley Stream, Nassau County has filed a $13.5 million lawsuit against BMW in a Brooklyn federal court after his right thumb was severed by one of their vehicle’s doors. The 62-year-old man’s lawsuit says he lost his thumb due to the self-closing door feature on his BMW X5, which does not have a sensor to detect whether a person or an object is in or near the door.
According to the lawsuit, he was standing next to the driverside door on July 6, 2016, when it automatically closed, crushing and severing roughly half of his thumb. The man is seeking $3 million in lost wages from his position as a self-employed systems engineer, and an additional $10.5 million in other damages.
Construction Worker Killed In Brooklyn Forklift Accident
A construction worker was killed on the job in Brooklyn after becoming pinned between a forklift and flatbed truck on Saturday, March 11. The accident occurred around 3 pm that day at the man’s worksite in the Bushwick section of the borough.
The victim was walking between the forklift and flatbed truck when the forklift rolled forward, pinning him up against the truck.
He was brought to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.