In New York City, thousands of people rely on buses to get around. But what happens when there is an accident? It is critical that those who are injured protect their legal rights by seeking a lawyer skilled in representing clients in bus and transportation accidents. Karasik Law Group can help you gather evidence and build a case for receiving the full financial compensation you deserve for damages such as:
– Medical expenses
– Lost wages
– Pain and suffering
Every year, thousands of people are killed or sustain serious injuries in accidents involving buses. Tragically, many of these accidents are the result of negligent bus drivers and their employers. These accidents can result from poor driving, including the failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, as well as other violations of the relevant vehicle and traffic laws. Some accidents also involve the failure to properly maintain and/or equip the involved bus.
Driving a vehicle as large as a public transit bus through New York City requires an exceptional level of expertise and understanding of how to operate such a complicated vehicle. This is why bus drivers are held to higher licensing standards than an average passenger vehicle operator. While nearly all bus operators are extremely safe and reliable, there are some instances when even the best driver may succumb to a mistake that leads to an accident due to the following reasons:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired, such as with drugs or alcohol
- Faulty equipment
- Reckless or aggressive driving
Statute of Limitations For Filing MTA Cases
In addition to working with an attorney, there are several steps you should take following a bus accident. First, you should seek immediate medical care for any injuries sustained and contact the police to file a report. If possible, take photos of the scene to document any issues with the bus maintenance, as well as any damages from a collision. Injured parties should work with their attorney to collect all available evidence that will help build a case. A Notice of Claim must be filed within 90 days of the accident to begin the process of your claim. Once you file your claim, you will be called in for a 50-H hearing, which is a required hearing when you file a claim against a public entity, similar to a deposition. You will be asked questions about your accident and your injuries during this hearing that will help to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of your situation.
Once you have completed your 50-H hearing, you and your attorney will be able to discuss the next steps to take. You will not be able to file a lawsuit if you have not completed these required steps, so it is important that you act quickly in order to begin this process and get on the right track towards receiving the compensation and legal protection that you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, or any other type of accident while riding the MTA, Karasik Law Group will fight for your family’s right to compensation for every dollar you are entitled to under the law. Call us to today at (718) 502-9112 to schedule a free consultation. And be sure to visit our website at www.karasiklawyers.com. At Karasik Law Group, winning matters. Win with us! We speak for the injured; our results speak for themselves.
Types of Injuries That Occur from Bus Accidents
Due to the size, weight, and slow stopping abilities of buses, pedestrians may incur severe injuries as the result of an accident. Because buses operate without seatbelts or airbags, passengers are also at risk of injury.
Examples of common injuries include:
– Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
– Neck and spinal cord injuries
– Chronic back pain
– Broken bones, severed limbs, or permanent disfigurement
– Emotional damage and mental trauma
– Wrongful death
As a result of these injuries, victims may have reduced mobility, pain and suffering, lost wages, and added costs for medical bills that disrupt their lives dramatically. It is essential to contact a New York City Bus accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident to thoroughly investigate your case, pursue compensation, and advocate for your rights.