As New Yorkers, we’re lucky to live in one of the greatest cities in the world. With an almost endless amount of transportation options available to us, we almost never have an issue finding our way to any location throughout NYC. Whether it’s above or below ground, New York provides different modes of transportation to get us around this amazing city.
That being said? Accidents happen and it’s important for you to find an attorney who specializes in handling cases specific to your situation. Every year, thousands of people are killed or sustain serious injuries in accidents involving buses. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by negligent bus drivers and not just the driver but their employers and the supervision, training and direction that is provided by the employers. Poor driving, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, failing to see what’s clearly there to be seen, carelessness, fatigue and lack of training as well as other violations of the relevant vehicle and traffic laws. Sometimes the accidents also involve the failure of the bus owner to simply properly maintain and/or equip the bus as required by the law.When it comes to handling Bus related incidents, The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore P.C. are here to help you!
On average, nearly 63,000 buses are involved in traffic accidents every year. This includes over 325 fatal injury accidents, 14,000 non-fatal injuries, and 48,000 accidents that result in serious property damage only.
What most people never realize is that Bus accidents aren’t the same as the common car accident, different statutory deadlines may apply and different laws definitely apply to the conduct of the bus driver and his/her employer. What you need is a lawyer who specializes in this practice area and is familiar with the different laws and deadlines that apply. That is where the Law Offices of Darren T. Moore P.C. comes in.
Let's face the facts, we live in the largest city in the country. New York is a city with a population of almost 10 million people living in it. Most of those people utilize public transportation of some sort. If you commute anywhere in the city, be it Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island you will at some time avail of public transport. If you live on Long Island or Westchester it’s the same, there is numerous different bus operators and providers that provide public transport and you should know your rights if you ever find yourself involved in a bus accident! Some basic things to remember before pursuing legal action are:
How Do We Determine Who Was At Fault?
Well that depends on how the accident happened. If you were a passenger on a bus or a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident with a bus, generally your free of any fault. If you were an operator of a vehicle or a bicyclist/pedestrian that was struck by a bus then we need to determine how the accident happened, what the bus driver did or didn’t do and analyze the facts of the accident to determine who was at fault. Again it’s important to speak to an attorney familiar with the NY State, Federal Motor Vehicle Standards and the internal Rules and Regulations of each of the bus companies that apply to the conduct of the driver and employer to determine who is at fault and that is where The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore P.C. can help you and get you the justice you deserve!
It is possible that additional compensation may be awarded depending on the variables of your case. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get the most compensation after experiencing any type of Bus Accident in New York City.
The state of New York generally imposes a three-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit if you have sustained injuries in an accident involving a motor vehicle. However, many of the buses operated within New York State and City are operated by municipal entities such as for example the New York City Transit Authority and the municipalities require that a Notice of Claim be filed within 90 days of your accident and that your law suit is filed within a year and 90 days of the date of the accident. IT IS CRUCIAL you contact our office as soon as possible if you have been involved in any accident that involves a bus.
You should very politely, but very sternly, direct them to speak with your attorney. Insurance companies contacting you on behalf of their insured are not looking out for your interests but that of their own insureds and it’s important that you tell them politely that they should speak to your lawyer.
If you have not yet retained legal counsel, it is vital that you do not sign anything or give any recorded statements. Doing so can void your legal right to financial compensation.