Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Lincoln Tunnel Crash Involving Multiple Busses

March 1, 2011 – New York City, NY – An unidentified motorcyclist suffered critical injuries after his bike ended up pinned underneath one of 3 transit busses involved in an early morning crash on February 24.  The New York Post reports that the 7:26 a.m. crash took place inside the Manhattan-bound center tube of the popular Lincoln Tunnel. According to footage from surveillance video, the crash was initiated when a transit bus braked for traffic and a second transit bus struck the first, pushing the first bus into the motorcycle, which was just ahead of the bus. The video footage also showed that the motorcyclist may have been changing lanes just prior to the crash. News reports have not made clear the role of the third bus involved in the crash.  The accident blocked traffic in the center tube all morning as investigators and emergency crews worked to review the scene and perform clean-up.  A total of 52 passengers on the 3 busses complained of injuries, 14 of them serious. Injured passengers were taken to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment. The motorcyclist was listed in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital at last reporting.  Traffic had to be diverted to the Secaucus Junction Rail Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. The lanes in and out of New York City remained open but commuters experienced long delays.    If you are injured in any type of vehicle accident, whether you are a driver of a vehicle, passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim if another’s negligence caused you serious injury. After a car accident in New York you should contact a New York car accident lawyer to discuss your case and potential for compensation.  When car accidents involve multiple vehicles it may be difficult to determine who is at fault for causing your injuries. An experienced New York car accident lawyer can help you review the details of the case and determine how to proceed when seeking compensation for your injuries.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.

To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York are:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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