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Bus Accidents

New York City Experienced Bus Accident Attorneys

New York Bus Accident Lawyer

MTA buses, school buses, megabuses, Chinatown buses, super shuttle buses, greyhound buses, peter pan buses, and all other types of buses on New York City streets unfortunately help to account for the over 23 motor vehicle accidents that occur per hour in New York City.

Over 21,000 New York MTA bus accidents occurred within a 31 month period from 2015-2108. A New York news article that analyzed the data noted that bus drivers “rear-ended school buses, plowed into a church, hit bicyclists and pedestrians and sent riders flying with abrupt stops and turns.” There are an average of 23 New York City MTA bus accidents everyday with numerous people facing serious or life-threatening injuries daily as a result of New York bus accidents. With a population of over 8 million people and with streets crowded with numerous pedestrians, school buses, delivery trucks, cyclists, buses, trucks, and cars, there are numerous risks everyday.

Giordano Law Offices has successfully represented individuals who have been seriously harmed due to the negligent actions of New York bus drivers. Some of our New York bus accident victims have been:

Individuals who have been harmed because of bus collisions with their motor vehicle Pedestrians who have been hit by buses Bicycle riders who have been hit by buses Electric scooter and e-bike riders who have been hit by buses Bus riders who have been harmed because of the unsafe driving practices or negligent actions of the bus driver Bus riders who have been let off in the middle of busy intersections or other unsafe areas Bus accidents are especially dangerous due to the large size and weight of the vehicle. It is important to seek out medical and legal expertise as soon as you can after your accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a New York bus accident, Giordano Law Offices is here to help. Our award-winning attorneys are adept at tackling every angle of your bus accident claim and you are never charged for an initial consultation. Call or text our office today for a free legal consultation: (646) 217-0749.

 

If you have been involved in a bus accident in New York, there are important next steps to take to ensure that you can get coverage for medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, physical trauma, and other financial setbacks that your injury directly contributed to. Oftentimes, injuries can take time to fully manifest and so it is important to call an experienced bus accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident to ensure your best chance of a financial recovery. New York bus accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries like broken bones, brain damage, spinal cord injury, concussions, lacerations, loss of mobility, and death.

Competent bus accident attorneys are imperative to ensuring that you obtain the best possible financial recovery because it is in the best interest of insurance companies to challenge who caused the accident, question your credibility, and minimize the seriousness of your injury so that their net payout is less. Without proper and skilled legal representation, you could walk away with far less than you deserve and worse, you could end up having to pay for medical bills and other financial losses caused by the accident. Our New York truck accident legal team routinely does the following for our New York bus accident clients:

  • Conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation of your bus accident. This is inclusive of canvassing the site for available cameras that may have captured your accident (we have a team of video experts)
  • Collect witness testimony and other corroborating evidence
  • Build a strong legal case that supports your claim and efforts to obtain a financial recovery
  • Prove who is truly at fault
  • Effectively advocate on your behalf with insurance company representatives
  • Properly evaluate and present your injuries with our team of medical experts to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your bus accident claim

Bus Accident Experts That Advocate For You Against Insurance Companies

 

  • When a bus accident occurs, an insurance company reviews your claim to determine if they are going to pay and if so, how much that amount is. In New York, depending on the type of accident you have been involved in, there may be a maximum recovery amount. Bus accident attorneys at Giordano Law Offices will help to advise you on the recovery amount that you can expect depending on your injuries and the types of vehicles that were involved in your collision.

    When you communicate with insurance companies, it is important to do so with legal counsel as insurance companies have experienced and skilled lawyers that work to protect their financial interests which typically means a lesser payout for you. If you have been involved in a bus accident, you deserve lawyers that protect your interests. Giordano Law Offices never charges you a penny for an initial consultation and all motor vehicle accident cases are done on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay us anything unless we are successful and obtain a recovery for you.

    Giordano Law Offices attorneys aggressively advocate on your behalf and seek the maximum compensation for past and future accident-related medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other forms of financial relief.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

 

Large buses have the ability to cause devastating injuries and are some of the most dangerous vehicles on our roadways. The Giordano Law Offices bus accident legal team regularly represents individuals involved in bus accidents like the below:

  • Accidents Involving Bus Drivers Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol: Bus drivers must adhere to the same laws and safety expectations as other drivers on the road. If a bus driver goes behind the wheel of a bus while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the repercussions can be devastating and catastrophic. If you have been involved in an accident where the driver was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol our attorneys can help you to determine the important next steps to take.
  • Bus Defect or Malfunction: Unfortunately some of the largest vehicles on the road can suffer from the same defects that all motor vehicles face – when this defect causes an accident, the manufacturer or creator of the auto part may be held responsible for the resultant accident and injuries caused. Here are some common types of bus defects and/or malfunctions:
    • Brake Malfunction: If the bus driver and/or bus company has failed to properly maintain the brakes of their bus by failing to get regular maintenance, the brakes can overheat and malfunction in other ways that can cause an accident on the road. New York State Law requires that buses pass extensive brake inspections every 12 months and guidelines on the proper maintenance of brakes is dependent on how many miles the truck in question drives per month.
    • Tire Defects: New York bus accidents caused by tire failure can cause the bus to roll over, swerve into oncoming traffic, or go off the road. If you have been involved in a bus accident caused by tire failure, our legal team may be able to recover a financial settlement to cover your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other present and future costs that are due to your injuries from a bus accident.
  • Accidents Or Injuries Caused By Bus Drivers Dropping Off Passengers In Busy Intersections Or Otherwise Unsafe Locations: If you have been seriously injured because your New York bus driver allowed you to exit the bus in a busy intersection or unsafe location, you may have a bus accident claim. Your initial consultation is always free, call or text our office anytime: (646) 217-0749.

Determining Who Is At Fault For Bus Accidents

If you have been involved in a bus accident, our New York bus accident lawyers are here to help you in your time of need. Giordano Law Offices has successfully won millions for people like yourself that have been injured due to the negligence of others. Depending on the circumstances of your bus accident, the manufacturer or creator of a defective auto part, the bus company or owner, and/or the driver of the bus in the accident may be obligated to cover the cost of your current and future medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

  • Bus Company Negligence: Bus companies have an obligation to properly train the individuals that they hire to operate powerfully large vehicles that can weigh multiple tons. Bus companies also have an obligation to make sure that the vehicles that they own are properly maintained and inspected. Instances where accidents are caused by bus company negligence can arise from:
    • Negligent Hiring: City-contracted and commercial bus corporations have an obligation to hire individuals to drive their commercial vehicles that are qualified and responsible drivers. If someone under their employ has an expired license, has a history of DUI or DWI offenses, previous driving infractions, or a history of driving tickets and/or other driving-related infractions, the bus company could also be at fault for your accident.
    • Inadequate training: Bus companies have an obligation to ensure that the drivers that they hire pass truck road tests, understand all applicable safety standards and regulations, have training on how to properly assist and transport people safely, and that they have the wherewithal and ability to fully handle the bus that they are operating.
    • Hours of Service Violations: Bus drivers that drive long distances are required to take regular breaks because driver fatigue can cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents.
    • Inspection Failures: Bus companies have an obligation to properly maintain their vehicles. New York state law requires that all trucks on the road pass regular vehicle inspection. Proper maintenance can also include regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations, break inspections after large amounts of miles have been traveled.
    • Bus Driver Error/Negligence: In congested places like New York City, roads are highly trafficked with a multitude of different types of motor vehicles. Roads are often blocked by delivery vehicles, alternate-side-parking mandated double parked cars, garbage trucks, taxicabs picking up people, pedestrians, and more. Large vehicle operators should be alert, properly trained, and have the proper licensing necessary to operate a bus. When bus drivers drive in New York, they should follow all city and state motor vehicle laws and their vehicle should have up-to-date motor vehicle inspection certification. Unfortunately, bus accidents caused by driver error and negligence are a daily occurrence in New York. Some of the different causes of bus accidents due to driver error/negligence are:
      • Aggressive Driving: Aggressive driving tactics like tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic (excessive lane changing), speeding, and/or not defensively driving have the potential to cause harm to others especially while driving a bus in New York.
      • Adverse Driving Conditions:  New York bus accidents can occur when bus drivers drive when weather conditions reduce adequate visibility, impede their ability to brake suddenly, or otherwise make it difficult to safely drive a bus.
      • Overweight Load: Strict federal and New York State laws prohibit buses from overloading their buses with people above the amount that regulations allow. If you have been in an accident with a bus that was overloaded past the legal limit, it could have impacted the driver’s ability to properly stop and maneuver the vehicle.
      • Failure To Signal A Turn or Lane Change: The bus driver is in violation of New York driving regulations if they failed to signal a lane change. Additionally, the bus company may also be at fault if the driver was hired by the bus company despite a history of driving-related tickets and infractions.
      • No-Zone or Blind-spot Accidents: Buses have known blind spots and while drivers are warned of these “no zones,” which are typically found directly behind the bus, directly in front of the bus, and on both the drivers and passengers’ sides of the vehicle.

Speak To An NYC Bus Accident Lawyer Today

At Giordano Law Offices PLLC, we provide experienced and skilled representation to bus accident victims. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a bus collision, our New York attorneys can help.

Bus Accident and Injury Attorneys at Giordano Law Offices have been ranked in the top 5% in the country by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Platforms like Expertise, Avvo, and Lawyers.com have recognized Giordano Law Offices attorneys with 5 star reviews across the board. When you call Giordano Law Offices after you or your loved one has been injured or has tragically died, you are treated with personal care. You speak directly with attorneys who have successfully won millions for bus accident injury clients. Oftentimes, you are given the personal cell phone number of our leading attorneys that make themselves available to you around the clock. With Giordano Law Offices, we take pride in our customer service and you are treated like an extension of our family. Call or text us anytime for a free consultation: (646) 217-0749.

Additionally, you can email us: Info@Gio-Law.com, or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Frequently Asked Questions: New York Bus Accidents

I have been injured in a bus accident in New York, what should I do next?

  • In our great city, everyday people are injured in bus-related accidents. Pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists are all too frequently struck by buses. There are numerous other cases where people are injured while riding, entering, and exiting buses. Many of these accidents are the result of negligent bus drivers and their employers. These accidents are the result of substandard driving, failure to yield the right of way and other violations of the relevant vehicle and traffic laws. Some accidents also involve the failure to properly maintain the bus. Whether your accident involves a Transit Authority bus, school bus or privately owned bus, our experienced attorneys are here to help you.  Please note that if your accident involves a Transit Authority or other government owned or operated bus, you are required to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident. We have taken numerous bus cases to trial and understand that particular issues relating to bus accident cases.

What is the statute of limitations for bus accidents in New York?

Statutes of limitations govern the time limits for filing a lawsuit. These limitation periods are very important, missing the statute of limitations means you are forever prohibited from bringing a lawsuit. Always make sure to consult a competent attorney about your particular case and how long you have to bring it.  While every case is different, in New York, you generally have 3 years from the date of an accident or negligence to file a claim against a private party. If your crash involved a government entity, you typically only have 90 days to file a notice of claim and thereafter, you have one year and 90 days from the date of the accident to commence the action. It is very important to consult our bus accident legal staff because in each case there are exceptions.

How long can I expect my case to take before I can potentially get a financial recovery?

Every case is unique, when you call our bus accident lawyers, an experienced attorney will listen to the details of your case and from there, we can advise you how long your case will take to litigate.

Giordano Law Offices attorneys are award-winning trial attorneys that are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. While most cases are settled prior to going to trial, our firm is always prepared to aggressively litigate your case in the courtroom.

How much will my bus accident case cost me?

Giordano Law Offices never charges you for an initial consultation and all bus accident cases are done on a contingency fee basis which means you do not pay us a penny unless we are successful and get a recovery for you. Give our office a call and our legal team will transparently outline the type of recovery you can expect.

How much will I be able to recover from my bus accident injuries?

Every case is different and the monetary amount that is ultimately recovered will depend on the circumstances of your case and the type of injuries that you have. Feel free to call our attorneys at any time, our initial consultations are always free and we will be upfront and honest about the type of recovery that you may be able to achieve. Typically, the estimate will take into account hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in the case of extreme injury or death — punitive damages.

A New York bus driver was intoxicated when they hit me, who is at fault?

New York bus drivers are not allowed to drive if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.4% or greater. If you or someone you know was injured in a bus accident where the bus driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, both the trucker and the company that hired them may be held accountable for any physical or emotional injuries that you or your loved one faced.

If a bus malfunction was the cause of my accident, who is at fault?

Each situation is unique, but depending on the circumstances of your accident, the bus driver, the owner of the bus, the manufacturer or creator of the defective part, and/or the company that the driver works for could be liable for your accident. It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you can after you have been injured in a bus accident. Please call or text our office today at (646) 217-0749.

I was told to expect a phone call from the bus company’s insurance. what should I say to the insurance company representative when they call me?

It is best to not make any statement to the bus company’s insurance other than to say that you have legal representation. Once you say that, please be sure to call our office to let us know that the insurance company contacted you. It is also important to note that you should never sign anything without your attorney present. Bus company insurance representatives do not have your best interests in mind and may use things that you say to limit the type of recovery you can obtain. Please feel free to call or text us anytime for a free legal consultation, (646) 217-0749.

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