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Pedestrian hit by bus in New York City in serious condition

Whether you are a car driver, motorcycle rider, or even a pedestrian, stressing that one should always proceed with caution while on the roads cannot be understated. Yet despite any precautions you may take, accidents are often unpredictable, and an accident can happen to any person at any time.

Unfortunately, a lady learned this in New York City's East Village learned this the hard way earlier this week after being struck by an MTA bus on Avenue D at the intersection of Houston Street. According to authorities, she was on the crosswalk heading south, when the bus turned right to travel east on Houston at the time of the accident. The accident left the woman pinned under the bus. She escaped thanks to the help of emergency workers, but still suffered abrasions and a broken leg. At the time of this writing she was in Beth Israel hospital in stable condition. The 41-year-old MTA bus driver was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries when involved with a motor vehicle accident. The reasons for such accidents vary, but often can be caused by a negligent driver, distracted driver or even a driver under the influence. Considering the weight and strength of a car versus that of a human body, it is not surprising that pedestrians are especially vulnerable while walking on the streets.

Regardless of the reason, if it can be determined that the driver was at fault in the accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages and even pain and suffering.

Source: ABC Eyewitness News, "PEDESTRIAN HIT BY MTA BUS IN EAST VILLAGE," March 7, 2017

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