New York Bus Accident Attorney
Few cities in the world move more people as efficiently with mass transit as New York. Unfortunately, along with an extremely high volume of riders, accidents are commonplace, particularly in the busing system. When injuries occur, a New York bus accident attorney may be hired to assist the victim in gaining compensation.
New York’s bus system is one of the busiest in the nation. Among the 54% of New Yorkers who take public transportation, a significant portion use buses for their relative low cost and availability. The bus system runs even later than New York’s trains. Moreover, with one of the largest school districts in the country, the city maintains thousands of buses that transport children each daily.
School Buses Are a Special Risk
Just among school buses accident rates are high, however. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles reports that several years ago 2,400 school buses were involved in crashes. A major contributor to these accidents was driver inattention. Long hours, temperature extremes, and irritable riders may all contribute to driver issues, not to mention substance use.
Not all bus accidents involve collisions, of course. Pedestrians are often hit, and passengers may be dislodged from seats during sharp turns or fall while the bus is moving. Poor maintenance or faulty equipment can also be factors. Common injuries include trauma to the head, broken arms and legs, and so-called soft-tissue injuries. These are often difficult to detect with X-rays, so that a New York bus accident attorney has his work cut out for him establishing that the injury exists at all.
Why You Need a Bus Accident Attorney
If an individual is injured in a bus accident, there are challenges in taking legal action. For one, it must be determined who operates the bus in question. Public city buses are run by the New York City Transit Authority, but school buses are operated by New York Department of Education. Moreover, there are numerous private bus companies in operation in the city. A further challenge is that cases must be brought quickly, particularly with NYCTA, which requires notification of a claim within 90 days of the accident. Without a New York bus accident attorney to guide a claimant, such issues only be discovered too late.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York personal injury accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) for a free and comprehensive consultation. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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