Thousands of bus accidents occur every year that are reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Many people suffer severe injuries and a number of them lose their lives in bus accidents. When negligence is the underlying cause of the accident, injury victims and families who have lost their loved ones have the legal right to seek compensation for personal injuries. Often the injuries are severe and exceed what is covered by auto insurance.
The New York metro area has extensive mass transit systems and buses are an integral part of the system. Public transit buses operating in the five boroughs go under various names such as the MTA, New York City Bus, Regional Bus Operations (RBO) and the NYC Transit. (NYCT).
Other buses involved in crashes include school buses, charter buses and tour buses. In recent years, the New York media has reported various incidents where tour bus companies were extremely negligent and devastating crashes resulted in severe injuries and death.
When bus drivers fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists, or violate traffic laws, or otherwise engage in poor or distracted driving, accidents can occur. Bus companies are responsible for hiring competent, properly licensed and well-trained drivers. Sometimes bus carriers are negligent about maintaining buses, and mechanical failure can also result in collisions.
Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of FMCSA rules and NYC and New York State traffic laws and can readily ascertain when violations have occurred. Our team of investigators locates and interviews witnesses to gather evidence. We also have access to accident reconstruction specialists who analyze accident scenes and determine fault, which is necessary for proving negligence in a personal injury case.
Several bus accident cases we have handled have resulted in notable case results:
Sit down with one of our attorneys in a free consultation and discuss the details of your bus accident and the injuries you sustained. Insurance companies that handle bus company accident claims have legal teams standing by to fight against your personal injury claim. However, when you put an experienced lawyer on your side, you can level the playing field. Your case matters to us. Find out how we can help.
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