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Trial begins in Bronx bus accident that killed 15

One victim reports that both of his arms were ripped off when the bus he was riding in flipped and the roof was torn wide open. The accident occurred just as a bus was entering the Bronx, and resulted in the death of 13 passengers at the scene and two more at a hospital. An additional 15 passengers, including the man that lost his arms, sustained serious injuries when the bus crashed into a guardrail at speeds reportedly as high as 78 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Tour bus drivers are responsible for large numbers of passengers in their care. Negligence on the part of a driver can lead to a bus accident that causes severe injuries, and even death. Bus companies must ensure their drivers are appropriately trained and insured against mishap.

The trial of this tour bus driver accused of negligence stemming from the March 2011 crash began on Sept. 27. The defendant states that he swerved when a tractor trailer cut him off but the prosecution refutes this, stating there was no truck and that the driver was fatigued. Prosecutors allege that the defendant in this case was aware of the risks of driving while fatigued and still chose to drive a bus from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, to Manhattan's Chinatown.

The bus company employing this driver was not included in the charges, but federal regulators shut down the company after the accident when they found the company in violation of safety regulations. The outcome of this case remains to be seen, but if convicted, the driver could face as much as 15 years behind bars.

Additionally, those injured in a commercial bus accident should seek to understand all of their legal responsibilities and rights regarding the incident. The families of those who die as a result of a commercial bus crash in which negligence is at play can chose pursue a wrongful death claim as a means of possibly obtaining compensation.

Source: CBS News Journal, "NY prosecutors: Driver in fatal crash knew risks," Sept. 27, 2012

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