Bus Accident Lawyer
Car accident lawyers in New York serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Long Island.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision involving a bus, New York bus accident lawyers at The Sanders Firm can help determine if you are eligible to hold a third party liable for damages.
Driving a bus requires exceptional skill, and the harm caused by driver negligence can be shocking. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bus Crash Causation Study (BCCS), “human errors by bus drivers, other vehicle drivers, and pedestrians or bicyclists were assigned as the critical reasons for bus crashes in 90 percent of the cases.” And because buses are large, sophisticated machines, mechanical failure can also be a factor.
For more than four decades, Sanders Firm attorneys have successfully represented clients who have suffered harm in bus accidents of all types, including charter bus accidents, school bus collisions, as well as commuter and passenger bus crashes.
During a no-charge case review, our experienced NY car accident lawyers can outline legal options for seeking financial relief in the event negligence played a role in your pain and suffering. We handle personal injury litigation throughout the greater New York area, including Manhattan, Long Island and Staten Island.
Bus accident injuries
Injuries sustained in bus accidents are frequently catastrophic, as passengers are not afforded the protection of air bags and rarely use seat belts. Bus roll overs and collisions with other motor vehicles can claim the lives of dozens in just a few short moments, or leave survivors to cope with life-threatening injuries.
The following are among the more common injuries associated with NYC bus accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Deep lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severe burns
- Soft tissue damage
Bus accident survivors often face an uphill challenge as they struggle to heal, cope with hospital expenses and attempt to get back to work. At Sanders, we can help establish your legal rights in the aftermath of a bus accident, so you can devote your energy to what’s most important: your recovery. Due to statutes of limitation, we encourage you to contact our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible, so we can ensure your case is filed before deadlines are imposed.
Liability for bus accident injuries
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) places strict regulations on companies that operate commercial buses to help prevent incidence of driver fatigue. Unfortunately, these measures aren’t always enforced as was the case in a horrific NY bus crash in 2011 that killed 15 people. Officials later discovered that the tour bus driver hadn’t slept in nearly three days preceding the fatal wreck. On its return to New York’s Chinatown, the driver was doing 78 miles per hour in a 50 mph section of I-95 before dozing off and veering off the road. The driver later pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and manslaughter.
“For years, speed has been a factor in accidents. And, we’ve seen in investigation after investigation, the tragic results of the degraded performance from fatigue. Together, fatigue and speed are an especially lethal combination,” says NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. She added that of the past 19 bus accidents she’s investigated, driver fatigue was a leading factor in seven of them.
If you decide to partner with The Sanders Firm, our attorneys will meticulously examine the circumstances of your bus accident to determine the real cause of the collision and if you have grounds to pursue monetary damages. Besides driver fatigue, some other factors that may warrant legal action include inadequate or poor driver training, excessive speed for road conditions or weather, drug or alcohol impairment or manufacturing defects in the bus itself.
There are several parties that may be held liable in a bus accident, including:
- Bus company or operator
- Manufacturer of the bus
- Bus owner
- Bus driver
Compensation available to plaintiffs
We know how difficult it is to move forward after a serious injury or wrongful death caused by a motor vehicle or bus accident. Our dedicated trial lawyers have been helping injured New Yorkers in the aftermath of such a traumatic experience for more than 46 years. With a solid knowledge of No-Fault insurance issues as well as claims against the NYC Transit Authority, our firm works tirelessly to help achieve maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Damages recovered in a successful personal injury lawsuit may account for:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Reduced earning capability
- Loss of spousal consortium
New York bus accident attorneys
Bus accident injuries have the ability to undermine your financial security and enjoyment of life. Don’t be a victim twice – protect your legal rights by speaking with a knowledgeable attorney today. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bus accident in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, The Sanders Firm offer a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are eligible to pursue monetary damages through a personal injury lawsuit in New York.
To arrange your case evaluation, we invite you to call our offices toll-free: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).
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