Bus companies, particularly public ones, are often underfunded and may skim on certain resources to maintain a profit. These cutbacks may lead to longer hours for bus drivers, less careful maintenance of vehicles, and poorer overall driving conditions. It is no surprise then that accidents involving buses are more than common, with an estimated 300 occurring each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Accidents in metropolitan areas like Queens are even more common than that.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus accident, a legal professional may be able to help you with the litigation side of the pain and suffering.
What do I do if I have been involved in a bus accident?
The most important thing to do if you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident is to seek medical attention immediately. The health and safety of you or your loved ones need to be confirmed before taking legal action.
Contact a lawyer or legal advisor as soon as possible once the situation has stabilized. Automobile accidents are subject to a statute of limitations and will have to be processed in a timely manner. A lawyer will help to preserve and organize evidence immediately to maximize the chances for success. Experienced bus drivers will often act quickly after an accident to protect themselves, and you will need legal help on your side as well.
What damages am I entitled to if I am involved in a bus accident?
Medical bills that occur from the treatment of injuries from a bus accident can rack up very quickly. Compensation for medical bills can help to alleviate an unexpected major financial burden after a bus accident.
Pain and suffering due to a bus accident are also commonly compensated financially. Stress and anxiety that come with any accident are difficult to deal with, but one that can be as potentially devastating as a bus accident can require a lot of therapy to overcome.
Lost wages as a result of injury are also usually compensated.
In cases of death, a bus driver may face criminal charges.
Legal counsel will allow you to get a better picture of what you are and are not entitled to in terms of financial compensation as a result of a bus accident. Different cases vary in terms of what our clients are entitled to, and no blanket statements can be made.
Who is responsible for a bus accident?
Automobile accidents happen for a variety of reason, and different people and parties may be responsible.
The bus driver him or herself may be responsible, having committed an error in operating the vehicle. Furthermore, intoxication or fatigue of the bus driver may be contributed to the accident.
The bus management company may be responsible, if the accident is found to have stemmed from maintenance issues or scheduling conflicts that increase driver fatigue, increasing the chances of an accident occurring.
Bus equipment manufacturers may be liable for damages if it is found that the vehicle itself was faulty or contained faulty parts supplied by them.
Government entities may be liable if the bus was public. Buses are considered common carriers and are held to a higher liability standard that those of private automobile accidents.
How can a personal injury lawyer help me?
Bus companies are large and usually have a team of lawyers on retainer specifically to deal with personal injury cases. They are banking on individuals not having the resources necessary to fight them legally. It is important that you do not attempt to take on a bus company by yourself.
Our years of legal expertise specifically in personal injury allow us to navigate a complex legal situation where multiple parties may be responsible and get the result that best helps you or your loved ones return to a normal life. Bus accidents can be devastating, resulting in the loss of ability to work or complete daily errands. Recovering from them without the legal burden of taking on a bus company is difficult enough. Let our compassionate legal professionals help you with the courtroom battle. Contact us today for a free legal consultation and the first step toward getting what you are owed.