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A moped operator is injured after being struck by a bus in Queens

The 31-year-old operator of a moped suffered critical injuries on Monday, Sept. 11 after allegedly being struck by a Metro Transit Authority (MTA) bus. The crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., adjacent to Queens' Citi Field.

It's believed that the man had been operating his moped westbound along Roosevelt Avenue as he approached Shea Road. According to witnesses to the crash, it's as the bus driver attempted to turn right to continue along Roosevelt that he collided with the biker. The moped's operator had been en route to deliver Indian food to a customer at the time he was struck.

An incident report in the case notes that at least one witness saw the moped's operator being struck and then dragged by the bus for an undisclosed distance. Photographs from the accident scene show the man's moped stuck beneath the bus.

When emergency responders arrived at the crash scene, they found the delivery man suffering from significant trauma to both his body and head. While critically wounded, police noted that they didn't anticipate his injuries being life-threatening. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for further treatment.

As for the bus involved in the crash, it's been described as having been empty at the time of the crash. Apparently the Q31 operator was on his way back to the bus yard to park it for the evening at the conclusion of his shift when the crash occurred.

For motorists, one of the most vulnerable places to ride is along one of a bus or truck driver's blind spots. Although these large vehicles have many strategically-placed mirrors, they often can't see objects within those areas. Pedestrians, sedans and bikers, all of which tend to hover close to the ground are particularly difficult for them to see.

Even with that in mind, they're still liable for their actions. In learning more about your case, a Queens car accident attorney may advise you that you're entitled to compensation for injuries you suffered in your crash.

Source: New York Daily News, "Moped-riding deliveryman in critical condition after being struck by MTA bus near Citi Field," Kerry Burke, Sep. 12, 2017

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