Lower Eastside Bus Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in a bus accident on the Lower East Side of NYC? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC can help and fight for the financial compensation you're entitled to as a result of your pain and suffering.
How Can a Lower East Side Bus Accident Lawyer Help Me?
When you retain our law firm, we will fully investigate the Lower East Side bus accident to determine its' cause as well as who may be held legally responsible. We'll carefully review the police accident report, the bus driver's accident history and training, as well as the weather and road conditions at the time of the crash. We will also reach out to potential witnesses to obtain statements, whether written or recorded and save contact information for future depositions and court proceedings. As you might imagine, insurance companies do not have bus accident victims' best interests in mind. They will try to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible and try to get you to go away fast. However, we know how to handle tough negotiations and will fight to get you the maximum compensation that you're entitled to you deserve. We will try your case before a jury if a fair settlement cannot be had.
Your first consultation is free, so give us a call at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you!
Accidents involving buses can be catastrophic. Due to the sheer size, weight and carrying capacity of the bus, a bus crash can cause severe injuries to a large number of people at once, including commuters, school children, and over-the-road travelers.
The types of bus accidents that we have seen include, but may not be limited to:
- Single-vehicle accidents – where a bus collides with an object, like a guardrail
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Injuries to passengers entering and exiting the bus
- Collisions with pedestrians, and
- Roll-over accidents.
There are numerous things that can cause a bus accident, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Other traffic violations – such as failure to yield or running a stop sign
- Issues with bus maintenance
- Inadequate training, and
- Negligent hiring – such as employing an unlicensed driver.
Common Types of Bus Accident Injuries
One of the many reasons that passengers are more susceptible to injury in bus accidents is due to the fact that these vehicles do not have airbags. And many of them don't even have seatbelts. Additionally, the potential for severe injuries increase in bus rollover accidents or when a bus-rider is ejected from the vehicle.
Some of the injuries we've seen as the result of bus accidents include:
- Head trauma, including TBI;
- Neck, back, and spinal injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash;
- Internal injuries.
If you are involved in a Lower East Side bus collision, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Some types of injuries, such as neck and back injuries may not manifest immediately following an accident. However, these injuries can be serious and can even get worse over time if not dealt with.
Being injured in a bus accident may be the basis of a lawsuit and if you're successful, you may be awarded financial compensation.
Potential Defendants in Bus Accident Cases
Bus accident claims often involve many individuals and can get very complicated. For example, if the accident occurred because there was a defective part on the bus, this could be the fault of the manufacturer. Or the problem could have been with the way the part was installed. This might implicate the mechanic, technician or the company that employed either of these individuals. These cases can be difficult, so it is imperative that you have a personal injury lawyer on your side that will fully investigate all of the involved and potentially liable parties.
Claims Against City Buses
It is also more difficult if the bus was a City bus, such as a New York City Transit Bus. In these cases, you need to seek legal counsel immediately because a Notice of Claim needs to be filed within ninety (90) days after the happening of the bus accident.
What Should You Do If You're Involved in a Bus Accident?
See a doctor: Remember, if you are involved in a bus accident, seeking immediate medical attention is paramount.
Document Everything Related to the Accident: Make sure you document everything about the accident as best as you can. Taking photographs of the scene and writing down your recollection of what happened is key. You should also gather the contact information of other drivers, bus passengers, and any witnesses you can track down. I someone from the bus company comes to the scene, be sure to get their name and title, but if you cannot, get any identifying ID Number or Badge Number that you can.
Contact Your Insurance Company: If you were driving when the collision occurred, it is a good idea to contact your insurance company and report the accident. You should also consider reaching out to a bus accident attorney. Keep in mind that you may also be contacted and offered a settlement by the insurance company representative. You should talk to a lawyer before accepting a settlement and signing a Release that will forever bar you from bringing a lawsuit.