The Bronx is home to one of the most robust public transportation networks in the United States. This means it sees more than its fair share of the too-common bus accidents that occur all over the country. Bus accidents are serious automobile accidents involving an extraordinarily large vehicle and can cause serious injury or even death. Over 300 bus accidents leading to death occur each year, leaving family and friends devastated in the aftermath.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a bus accident, one of our courteous and professional legal representatives will help you navigate the legal aspects of getting compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering so that you can return to your normal life.
What do I do if I have been involved in a bus accident?
It is important to contact a legal representative as soon as possible after a bus accident. Once a the medical condition has been stabilized, and your health and safety have been confirmed, a lawyer should be contacted immediately. There is a statute of limitations on every automobile accident, but this is particularly short in accidents involving public buses.
Your legal advisor will work to preserve and file evidence toward a strong case that can maximize your ability to be compensated for any damages. Bus drivers and bus companies will immediately do the same for their cases, so it is important you do not attempt to undergo the process alone.
Who is responsible for the bus accident?
Because bus accidents are such complex situations, multiple parties may be held responsible for your injury. There are a variety of factors that may cause a bus accident, including weather, driver error, vehicle malfunction, and more. Each factor may have its own responsible party, and it is the job of your legal advisor to compile a list and pursue damages relentlessly.
Buses that are not well maintained by their bus company are more prone to accident. Regular inspections and maintenance are mandated by the state of New York, and the failure to do so is grounds for liability. The vehicles may also malfunction because of faulty parts supplied by bus and bus parts manufacturers.
Driver error is another common occurrence. Intoxication or driver fatigue may contribute to any number of driving violations that contribute to an accident. If a death is involved, a driver may be subject to criminal charges.
What damages am I entitled to?
It is important to know that you are entitled to be financially compensated for any medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering that have resulted from a bus accident. Recovering from a bus accident is only one part of the situation. Emotional trauma and anxiety that come from the inability to work and a prolonged hospital stay are also serious factors in the courtroom.
Most clients recognize that they will be entitled for medical expenses and future medical expenses, but fail to realize they are also entitled to rehabilitation and therapy. If long-term care is necessary, that will also be compensated. Disability or disfigurement, home care, mental anguish and therapy, lost wages, lost ability to earn wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and a loss of quality of life are all factors considered by the court when determining the amount of compensation a victim of a bus accident is entitle to.
Why do I need a legal professional?
The regulation of buses is a complex legal matter and can blur the line between state and federal laws. To confound the issue further, some bus companies are private but are subject to the influence of certain governmental entities. The accidents themselves are equally confusing, with multiple parties contributing to multiple factors that influence the case.
Attempting to tackle such a complex case without a legal background is more than difficult–it is nearly impossible. An experienced legal professional who has helped clients get compensation for similar injuries will be instrumental in taking on the bus companies who will have their own team of lawyers. You may not know the extent of your legal rights, but the right credentialed lawyer may be able to maximize compensation for your difficult journey back to normalcy. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.