In Manhattan and other parts of New York City, it is often cost-prohibitive to purchase, store, and drive an automobile. For this and other reasons, public transportation in New York City, including by bus, is very popular. With a large number of public and private buses traveling the streets of New York sharing roadways with the pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic, bus accidents are an unfortunate but inevitable outcome.
Driver error is the number one cause of bus accidents. This includes distracted driving, aggressive driving, inattention, lack of training or experience, failing to keep a safe distance between vehicles, and a proper lookout. However, in addition to driver error, there is any number of other things which may cause an accident and lead to contact with a New York City bus accident attorney. To learn more or discuss whether you have the basis for a claim, schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers today.
What Steps Should I Take Following a Bus Accident?
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 New York City 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.
How Can I Recover Damages?
Damages you can recover after a bus accident include:
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
The most common types of bus accidents that New York City bus accident lawyers deal with include:
Bus collisions: rear end hits, sideswipes, improper lane changes
Slip and fall accidents inside the bus or when exiting a bus