Buses are a vital part of our New York transportation system, but they also lead to thousands of injuries in men, women, and children each year. There are several reasons why bus accidents are so devastating – first, they can involve pedestrians, which can lead to permanently disabling and catastrophic injuries. Secondly, buses lack safety restraints like airbags and seatbelts, which means, during a collision, the impact can toss passengers around the cab of the bus – leading to devastating injuries.
If you or a loved one has sustained injury in an accident involving a commercial or municipal bus, you may be wondering about your legal options. You likely know firsthand the devastating consequences of medical bills, lost wages, and diminished life quality. The attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates understand that bus accident victims struggle to make ends meet and are committed to helping victims gain compensation for the harm they suffer. Schedule a free initial consultation with our firm today. We can help you understand your legal rights following a bus accident and will fight to hold others responsible for negligence.
Liable Parties in New York Bus Accidents
Like other accidents involving motor vehicles, there are several ways in which busses can crash and cause injury. There may be several different parties that share fault or fault may lie with a single party. The following are examples of liable parties in New York Bus accidents:
Operators of buses. While most of our city’s bus drivers are both knowledgeable and professional, a few don’t take the job so seriously. When they drive distracted, under the influence, or with inadequate training, they can cause a bus accident.
Sometimes, the employer of the bus driver may share blame for an accident. This may apply if they fail to inspect and maintain busses, fail to run background checks on employees, or fail to comply with government regulations.
Other motorists. Other drivers on the road may commit moving violations, collide with the bus, or act in reckless ways that lead to accidents.
At Frekhtman & Associates, we conduct a thorough investigation to determine the parties responsible for your injuries. We use a combination of techniques, including accident reconstruction, to determine who should pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Statute of Limitations
If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, it’s essential to contact our firm as soon as possible. In some cases, municipal bodies like the city government of New York own and operate busses. Lawsuits against municipal bodies require an experienced and knowledgeable hand, as they have strict filing procedures and a shorter statute of limitations. A “statute of limitations” is simply the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you attempt to file a liability claim after this time limit passes, the courts will likely refuse to hear your case. To avoid this risk, we recommend meeting with a member of our firm as soon as possible.
At Frekhtman & Associates, we believe that no one should have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one suffered harm in a bus accident, contact us to schedule a free and confidential review of your legal options.
Due to increasing traffic in the New York metropolitan area, the public, especially owners and operators of motor vehicles, are encouraged to use mass transit such as buses. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), MTA Bus Company, and various other private bus companies help passengers to travel from one destination to another every single minute of every day.
At the heart of New York City mass transit is an intricate bus system with different buses arriving every minute at various corners all over this city. Unfortunately this leads to accidents involving other vehicles including tractor trailers, cars, commercial vehicles, pedestrians, and even fixed objects such as light poles or street signs.
The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) operates NY buses. The MTA Bus Company operates buses in Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Additionally, there are small “dollar” vans than shuttle passengers to and from work. There are larger buses that take tourists on expeditions through New York City, to New Jersey’s Atlantic City, to Boston, and other nearby attractions. Greyhound Bus Lines runs a relatively inexpensive means of cross country travel via buses.
Bus Accidents Happen in New York City
Thousands of children and adults suffer from pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and or loss of income due to bus accidents.
New York City bus accidents that lead to serious and catastrophic personal injury can come in many forms, such as:
Careless, reckless driving
Improper lane change
Closing bus doors while passengers are entering or exiting the bus
Stopping the bus in the middle of the street or other dangerous place to pick up or drop off passengers
Driving long hours and becoming tired; falling asleep while driving
Failing to check rearview or side view mirrors
Stopping short violently jerking the bus causing passengers to fall inside
Failing to repair or maintain a bus
Dangerous conditions inside the bus such as a puddle, spill, or other tripping hazard
New York City Transit Authority buses, MTA Buses, MABSTOA buses in Manhattan or the Bronx, buses run by the MTA Bus Company are all public transportation buses
Private tour buses including Greyhound, Trailways, Mega Bus, Bolt Bus, Wade Tours and others
Sightseeing buses attract up to fifty million tourists in NYC each year including double decker buses including Big Bus New York, Gray Line, City Sightseeing, Skyline Sightseeing, THE RIDE, and Open Tour New York (Sightseeing buses are not regulated and do not have to report accidents to any NYC agency which is dangerous since there is little penalty for their negligence)
School buses are a mix between public buses operated by the NYC Department of Education as well as private buses
The New York City bus accident lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates represent individuals injured due to the negligence of others whether the fault party was the bus operator or another vehicle with which the bus came into contact.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus related accident, contact the experienced, skilled, and friendly lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates who will treat you like family in helping to resolve a difficult situation.
What to do after a bus accident
If you feel pain, go to the hospital
Take photographs of the accident location, injuries, and all vehicles involved
Write down the license plate # of all vehicles
Obtain phone numbers and contact information for any witnesses
Contact the bus accident lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates
In the days following the accident, do not speak to any insurance company. Do not give a recorded statement. Do not sign any paperwork such as authorizations, releases, or other forms provided by the insurance company. If the insurance company calls you, tell them all communications must be with your lawyer.
Damages you can recover after a bus accident
Compensation for past and future pain & suffering
Past and future lost wages, lost income, and other economic damages such as the value of household services
The cost of medical expenses such as future surgery, physical therapy, and other medical care
Loss of spousal consortium
Loss of earning capacity
Types of bus accidents & causes
Bus collisions: rear end hits, sideswipes, improper lane changes