What You Should Know About New York City Bus Accidents April 22, 2022

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Bus accidents are serious. If you were hurt in one, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with our dedicated New York City bus accident lawyer today. Our legal team is on your side.

How do bus accidents occur in New York City?

In New York City, there is always constant commotion, making auto accidents all the more common. Unfortunately, most bus accidents are caused by negligence, either on the part of the bus driver or other negligent motorists on the road. Many times, bus accidents are caused by bus driver negligence. Some of the most common types of bus driver negligence include the following:

  • Distracted driving (such as texting or looking at maps/GPS)
  • Speeding
  • Failing to appropriately discharge passengers
  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsafely merging or changing lanes
  • Failing to allow enough time to brake

What steps should I take after my accident?

If you were injured in a bus accident and would like to pursue legal action, you will first have to satisfy the burden of proof. You can do so by obtaining various forms of evidence at the scene of the accident, as long as you are physically capable of doing so. For instance, after a bus accident, you should take the following steps:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment by calling 911.
  • As you wait for law enforcement, take plenty of photos and videos of the scene of the accident.
  • Obtain witness contact information. If you were injured as a passenger on a bus, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
  • Once you are treated at the hospital, collect a copy of your medical documentation and bills.
  • Retain the services of an experienced New York City bus accident lawyer who can work to discover further information needed to prove your claim.

Should I reach out to an attorney if I was injured in a bus accident?

If you are facing severe injuries and financial burdens as a result of a bus accident, you should consider your legal options as you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Keep in mind that you will only have 90 days from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim against the responsible municipal authority. If you wait any longer than 90 days, you will likely be permanently barred from suing. After that, you will have 1 year and 90 days from the date of your injury to file your personal injury claim. In all, it is important that you reach out to our firm today to ensure that you are promptly meeting your claim’s deadlines.

Contact Our New York Personal Injury Firm

Serious accidents occur in New York City every single day, and if you are an accident victim, it’s best you are prepared. Our firm proudly serves clients throughout NYC, including in Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our knowledgeable legal team.

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