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
Thousands of children and adults suffer from pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and or loss of income due to bus accidents.
New York bus accidents that lead to serious and catastrophic personal injury can come in many forms, such as:
- Careless, reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Improper lane change
- Unsafe stop
- 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 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
- Sudden stops
- Slip and fall accidents inside the bus or when exiting a bus
- Bus accidents with a pedestrian, bicyclist, motor vehicle, or truck