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Bus Accident

When to Hire a New York Bus Accident Lawyer

In New York City, many people who do not own cars take public transportation, which includes using buses for daily commutes. Bus accidents are fairly common as a result of pedestrian and bus collisions or injuries sustained while riding in a bus and can be the cause of devastating injuries because, in general buses do not have protective devices such as seat belts and airbags. Buses may be involved in collisions during bad weather when roads are wet or icy, or when drivers of automobiles are distracted by mobile phones or general inattention and collide with the bus on the road.

In only one bus accident, there can be several victims because of the number of passengers that a bus can hold. If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident, a New York bus accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve in these types of cases.

Common Carrier Laws

The New York State Department of Transportation, or NSDOT, regulates the operation of buses in the state of New York via its common carrier laws. Since common carriers are those who transport members of the public for a fee, common carriers are held to a higher standard of care when transporting passengers and must meet safety and operation specifications as stipulated in the law. Failing to do so may constitute negligence on the part of the NSDOT employee driving the bus. Buses are subject to regular inspections and may face penalties if they do not pass all points in those safety inspections. All bus drivers must be adequately trained by the bus company that employs them, and they are expected to take passengers safely from point A to point B.

Who Can Be Sued in a Bus Accident?

There are multiple parties that may be sued in a bus accident. The medical bills of those who are injured in a bus accident are generally covered by no-fault auto insurance, but other compensation may be obtained based upon whose fault contributed to the accident. The state of New York follows a comparative negligence law, which means that each party whose negligence contributed to the accident may be sued for the percent they are found to be at fault. This can become very complicated, which is one of the reasons why hiring a bus accident attorney is a good idea in these cases.

The three most common parties that can potentially be sued in a bus accident are:

  • The bus driver – A poorly trained bus driver or one who disobeys traffic laws may be sued.
  • Drivers of other vehicles – The driver of another vehicle that collides with the bus may be found to be at fault for the accident.
  • The bus company – The bus company is obligated to meet the standards of the common carrier laws and comply with all government regulations. Failure to do so can result in being found negligent.

A thorough investigation of a bus accident case is always necessary to determine where the fault lies in the accident.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Bus Accident Lawyer in New York Today

If you have been injured in a bus accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a bus accident lawyer in New York today. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will use their knowledge and experience to investigate your case and win you the compensation you deserve. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding New York communities.

Call us at 800- 544-0484 and let us represent you.

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