WESTCHESTER BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Many New York residents rely on public transit bus lines daily. Visitors, tourists, long-distance travelers, and many others also frequently use public and private bus companies for their travel needs throughout Westchester County, NY. When these buses get into accidents, the passengers and other drivers involved in the incident are often unaware of how they should proceed. At the Law Offices of Norman Gershon, our expert personal injury lawyers can answer all of your questions about bus accidents in Westchester, NY. We understand the hardships that victims and their families experience in the wake of a tragic bus accident. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss the details of your bus accident and learn how we may be able to help.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), thousands of accidents involving buses and other large commercial vehicles are reported every year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that around 13% of fatal bus crashes involve intercity buses, 40% involve school buses, and 35% of all fatal bus crashes involve transit buses. There are well over 20,000 people suffering injuries from bus accidents every year. With bus companies placing profit above passenger safety, many large bus crashes and bus rollovers are caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver or company. Examples of these include:
Bus drivers, like truckers, tend to drive long distances without much time for a break or rest. If a bus driver is tired or drowsy, it can lead to reckless behavior and tragic loss. Driving while tired impairs their reaction time, making it difficult to properly maintain their lanes or avoiding contact with other vehicles.
The NHTSA says that taking your eyes off the road for even 5 seconds while traveling at speeds over 55 mph is the equivalent of driving across an entire football field without looking. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Text messaging, looking at a cellphone, or simply not paying attention can have tragic results for passengers and other motorists.
Bus drivers have fixed schedules to keep. It can be easy for drivers to fall behind schedule when problems arise with traffic, passengers, or equipment failures. Bus drivers can be careless and aggressive when trying to make up for the lost time. This carelessness puts the bus passengers’ and everyone else’s lives on the road at risk.
Bus Driver Error
Errors can occur, especially with inexperienced or poorly trained bus drivers. Poor training and lack of experience can quickly become a significant issue for all involved. Even something simple such as getting too close to the sidewalk when picking up passengers, can result in injury. Driver errors could include: making wide turns, following too closely, not paying attention to their blind-spots, aggressive driving, speeding, and more.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs a bus driver’s ability to control the bus and react to dangerous driving situations. This is especially true when other drivers make sudden stops or turns. Bus drivers must obtain a commercial drivers’ license (CDL), which means their legal blood alcohol limit is half of that for other drivers, and they are also required to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings. Bus drivers who drive intoxicated put other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians at risk of injury and death.
Who is Liable for My Bus Accident Injuries?
A bus accident might have several parties responsible for your injuries. Hiring an experienced attorney is your best bet in ensuring each responsible party is held accountable.
The bus driver is usually the first party assigned blame for the accident. If the driver acted recklessly, carelessly, or lost control of the vehicle at the time of the accident, they are the go-to defendant for your bus accident. The bus company will also be liable. A driver lacking the requisite experience or one that did not receive proper training would be further grounds to hold the bus company liable. These companies must ensure each driver is fit for duty, including conducting background checks, drug screening, testing, proper training, etc. If the accident resulted from a problem with the vehicle itself (i.e., a product defect), the bus manufacturer might also be held responsible.
Proving liability can be a difficult task. Bus and insurance companies will continuously try to deny and shift responsibility. Contact a Westchester bus accident attorney to fight for you. Don’t let a company keep you from the justice and compensation you deserve.
What Are Some Common Bus Accident Injuries?
An experienced Westchester bus accident lawyer can help take the legal hassle off your plate. We will work diligently on getting you a fair personal injury verdict or insurance settlement for all of your bus accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Organ damage
What Compensation May I receive?
In addition to the costs of repairing your vehicle, you may have countless medical bills piling up after your bus accident in Westchester. To make matters even more stressful, you may be out of work without pay. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket because another driver was negligent. After reviewing your case, we may be able to help you recover the following losses:
- Medical Bills
- Car repairs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral costs for family & loved ones
Don’t accept a settlement that won’t even come close to covering your accident-related costs. Let the Law Offices of Norman Gershon fight to maximize your compensation. We’re available any time – day or night – so reach out to us for assistance today.
Speak to an Experienced Westchester Bus Accident Lawyer Today
If you were injured in a bus accident in Westchester, NY, contact the Law Offices of Norman Gershon. Hiring the right attorney can be one of the most important decisions you can make. Our decades of expertise and experience can help you secure the settlement you deserve.