The National Transportation Safety Board reported that 700 million people, nearly the size Europe’s entire population, are transported each year by bus in the United States. Between 2000 and 2007, more than 1,315 fatalities and 3,471 injuries in bus related crashes. In 2009 alone, there were 250 deaths and 20,000 injuries. Buses in inter-cities, such as New York, have a 1.9 percent higher likelihood of being involved in a crash, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Bus accidents may occur on the streets of Manhattan or involve a charter bus transporting tourists outside New York may crash. Seeking relief for harm may be daunting although certain claims against New York City have to be filed within 90 days of the accident and time restrictions apply to other claims.
Causes may include a distracted, negligent, impaired or unqualified bus driver. Buses may have mechanical malfunctions or safety-design defects that also contributed to injuries. Potential defendants may include the New York Transit Authority, other municipal bodies, private motor carriers, bus drivers, insurance companies or private motorists.
Victims of these accidents may suffer serious injuries which may impact their entire lives, diminish their ability to earn a living, disrupt family life or require medical care and rehabilitation. Families may be entitled to file a wrongful death action for the loss of a loved one.
We have over 50 years of experience representing New York City clients in these claims. Our firm has the knowledge to gain evidence, apply the law, zealously advocate on behalf of our clients and protect their rights in settlement negotiations, discovery proceedings and court cases.
Please visit our Subway & Bus Accidents page for more information on how we can help those injured in a mass transit accident.