NYC Bus Accident Attorneys Holding Negligent Parties Liable
As New York motor vehicle accident attorneys, we can tell you that public transportation in the metropolitan area is not only convenient, but it can be affordable too. Buses are one of the most widely utilized modes of public transportation in metropolitan areas, but that does not make them safe.
Turn on the local news on any given day and you will hear stories of bus accidents in New York. You will hear about New York tour bus accidents, New York city bus accidents, even school bus accidents.
There is a reasonable assumption of safety when you pay the fare and step onto a bus, but all too often that turns into crisis because of the negligence of someone else. Public transportation can be an industry with a high turnover rate which makes it hard to keep dependable drivers.
When you step onto a bus, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether or not you will arrive at your destination safely. When a bus ride turns to tragedy and innocent people sustain injuries,
At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, our team will be there to help victims get the financial compensation they deserve. Our attorneys have been fighting tirelessly for the rights of innocent victims for more than two decades, and they have a proven track record of success. If you have been the unfortunate victim of a bus accident, you will need a personal injury lawyer whose personal attention and fierce representation will help streamline the process of financial recovery and help put this matter behind you.
Who is at fault in a bus accident?
That question may not be an easy one to answer. Bus accidents are handled differently than car accidents. As soon as a bus accident occurs, there will likely be several different investigations by multiple governing bodies. The circumstances of the accident will usually dictate how many investigations there are. However, it is not uncommon for there to be insurance investigations, internal company investigations, and other investigations by police and traffic safety boards.
Additionally, there will be different laws and regulations that apply to certain buses. For instance, the laws that regulate governmental entities, like METRO buses, are not the same laws that regulate commercial interstate carriers, like Greyhound. Even churches and private buses will have another set of guidelines. If you are involved in an accident with a bus, it is important that your attorney is highly trained in this area and possesses a deep understanding of the different laws that regulate these entities.
Who can get injured in a bus accident?
First, it is important to understand that the state of New York defines a bus as any motor carrier entity that carries a minimum of ten passengers. There are many more buses than just the METRO buses; there are charter buses, school buses, and other modes of mass transit.
In any case, passengers on a bus can be injured in an accident, but they are not the only ones. Pedestrians walking down the sidewalk, crossing the street, or riding a bicycle are also vulnerable to busing accidents. Even people in motor vehicles are susceptible to bus accident injuries. The size and dynamics of a bus often make resulting injuries catastrophic.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Important evidence may disappear or dissipate over time, and your legal counsel needs the opportunity to investigate while the evidence is fresh.
Now, if you are filing a claim against a municipality, then the length of time you have to file is significantly shorter. Experienced legal counsel can offer guidance in this area.
What if the bus driver was not 100% at fault?
All of the different investigations conducted after the accident will determine where the fault lies. However, New York follows a rule called the pure comparative negligence rule. This rule basically states that the defendants are financially responsible in proportion to the percentage of the accident that was their fault.
For instance, if it is determined that a bus driver is 60% responsible for the accident, then they or their insurance company will be responsible for paying 60% of the claim. There may be multiple parties at fault in an accident, but an experienced New York bus accident lawyer will know how to represent your interests while diligently investigating all of the facts of the case.
Will my medical bills be taken care of?
Yes, they will. In the state of New York, if you have automobile insurance or live with someone who does, and were on a bus that was involved in an accident, ‘No Fault” insurance will cover your medical bills. Even though the car was not directly involved with the accident, by law the ‘No-Fault’ insurance must cover your medical bills up to a certain amount.
You do, however, have to file a ‘No-Fault Application’ with the insurance company within thirty days of the date of the accident. If you fail to file within the thirty-day time limit, you waive your right to coverage.
Can I sue for pain and suffering?
It depends. New York law commands that you sustain a ‘Serious Injury’ as defined by the New York State Legislature. This law does significantly restrict people from suing for pain and suffering after bus accidents. However, some bus accidents are catastrophic, and you may qualify. It is best to seek legal counsel for guidance on your injuries and the compensation you may be entitled to.
What kind of compensation can I expect?
The type and amount of financial compensation you may be awarded in a case involving a bus accident will be impacted by many different factors. The severity of your injuries, the parties at fault in the accident, and whether the at-fault party is a private company or government body will all play a part in dictating the outcome of your case and your award.
These types of cases can get quite complicated so it is important that you are strongly represented by a highly skilled attorney who is well versed in all of the laws surrounding these types of accidents. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, have been diligently representing bus accident victims for more than two decades.
Contact a NY bus accident law firm today!
If you have suffered the tragedy of a serious injury due to a bus accident in New York, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC today. Whether you were a passenger in a vehicle, walking down the road, or riding a bicycle, if you sustained an injury due to a bus accident because the driver did not reserve the New York pedestrian laws, we are here for you.
You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly.