New York Bus Accident Lawyer
Buses make up the largest portion of public transit in America, though they are dwarfed in popularity by the subway system here in New York. Still, 1.2 million New Yorkers take the bus each day. Usually, nothing goes wrong—either for the occupants of the bus or the other road users navigating the streets besides these many-ton-behemoths. But when collisions or accidents do occur, the results can be life-threatening. If you were injured in a bus crash, whether you were an occupant of the bus or another road user, an attorney can help you determine who was at fault, and will work to hold that party accountable for your damages. The New York bus accident lawyers at Cohan Law Firm are here to help you get started at once.
Bus Occupant Accidents
Riding a bus is usually safe. In fact, it is statistically much safer to ride a bus than to drive in a passenger vehicle thanks to the size of buses, their usually low speed, and the fact that they are operated by professional drivers. However, occupants who get injured as a result of the bus driver’s negligence, the transit company’s negligence, or the negligence of another driver can seek compensation from the at-fault party. Examples of bus accidents include:
- Whiplash or facial injuries caused by sudden braking
- Injuries sustained in a collision with another vehicle
- Slip, trip, and fall inside the bus, or getting on or off the bus
- Hit by the bus at the bus stop
- Assault on the bus from another passenger
In some cases, multiple parties may be at fault. For example, a car driver may have cut the bus driver off, causing a rear end crash which could have potentially been avoided, or at least the damages minimized if a collision had occurred, if the bus’s brakes had been functioning properly. In this scenario, the car driver and the bus company could both potentially be held at fault for a bus occupant’s injuries.
Non-Bus Occupant Accidents
Drivers, motor vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users often sustain serious injuries in bus collisions due to the size of the average city or charter bus, which usually weigh between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds. Common collision types include:
- Side-swipe crashes when the bus deviates from its lane
- Improper bus merging collisions
- Rear end collisions caused in heavy traffic
- Crashes when bus makes too wide of a turn
- Red light and other intersection collisions from failure to yield
- Bus in the bike lane collisions
Call a New York Bus Accident Lawyer Today
Whether you are seeking compensation from a school district due to a school bus collision, New York City Transit, a charter bus, an airport shuttle, or another party, you must work with an experienced New York bus accident lawyer. Personal injury claims involving buses are generally more complex than if two personal vehicles collide. To get started today, call the New York bus accident attorneys at Cohan Law Firm at 855-855-0321 for a complimentary consultation.