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In New York City, due to increasing traffic, adults and children are encouraged to use mass transit such as buses. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), MTA Bus, and many private bus companies shuttle passengers to and from their destinations every minute of every day.
Bus companies are “common carriers”—companies entrusted with the safety of those they serve. As such, they are expected to take a high degree of care toward their clients. Various regulations apply to such companies, requiring them to take specific measures to protect their riders; violations of such regulations would constitute negligence on the part of the bus company.
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) commuters take it for granted that buses are well maintained and that their drivers remain attentive to the road. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Injuries involving bus collisions, sudden stops, or poorly maintained bus stops are common throughout New York City and the Tri-State Metro area.
The United States employs approximately 450,000 school buses to transport children to school each day. There have been many cases of injuries and deaths related to school bus accidents, including children being struck or run over by the bus, rollovers, and collisions.
School bus accidents leave a lasting impression on any parent’s mind. We are reminded how important it is to promote school bus safety in the home.
Whether you are a child or an adult, ride a school bus or metro bus, you may be at risk for serious bus accident related injuries. If you have been involved in an bus accident in New York you may experience a variety of injuries, such as cuts and bruises, bone fractures, head injuries, and other serious injuries. The bus company may be held liable for your injuries and may compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other accident-related costs.
What to do if you are involved in a Bus Accident?
- Immediately Call 911 for help and report the accident.
- File an accident report with the police, sheriff, highway patrol or a local agency. DO NOT leave the scene of accident without making a report because that may jeopardize your case.
- Write down the name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver’s license number of any and all persons involved in the accident. Record names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
- Obtain photographs of the accident scene, all vehicles involved (before repairing) and any visible injuries to the parties involved, such as cuts, bruises, and scars.
- Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone, with the exception of your doctor and your attorney.
- Do not consent to a recorded statement or sign any document without first reviewing it with your attorney. Innocent statements made by you attempting to assist an insurance adjuster can easily be misinterpreted and used to deny or minimize your recovery.
- Immediately seek medical attention and tell your doctor the nature and extent of your pain and injury, and how the injury occurred. Something that looks like a minor injury at that moment can be life threatening if not taken care of properly.
- In cases against buses operated by the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) the NYCTA must be notified of the claim within 90 days of the accident. Also, the NYCTA vigorously investigates and defends against claims and is often reluctant to settle claims out of court.
- In claims against private coach buses, commuter buses and tour buses plaintiffs must ascertain the bus’s real owner; this can be difficult because buses are often owned by national and even international corporations with complex ownership structures
- To file a no fault application you have 30 days from the date of accident if you fail to file within that time period, you may not be able to obtain no fault benefits.
There is a due process of law to be followed, starting with filing a lawsuit. The lawsuit intends to cover the cost of damages caused to the victim. If you have questions that Who will pay your:
- Medical Bills?
- Property Damage?
- Lost Wages?
- Pain and Suffering?
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Mlawfirm has the team and resources to deal with all the legal challenges that are presented in a bus accident case. If you or anyone you know has been involved in a bus accident Call Mlawfirm for FREE CONSULTATION at(212)-400-4000 or email us at [email protected]
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