Bus Accidents

Bus Accidents
What should I do right after being involved in a bus accident?
First, make sure you are safe and check if you or anyone else needs immediate medical help. Call 911 to report the accident. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damages. Get the contact information of the bus driver, any witnesses, and passengers. It's also wise to note down the bus number and the name of the bus company. Then, consider seeing a doctor even if you feel fine, as some injuries might not be obvious right away.
Who can be held responsible for a bus accident?
Determining who's at fault can be complex. It might be the bus driver, the bus company, other involved drivers, the bus manufacturer, or even local government entities responsible for road maintenance. An experienced attorney can help figure out who is liable and should be held accountable for your injuries.
Can I get compensated even if I was partly to blame for the accident?
Yes, New York's comparative negligence rules mean you could still receive some compensation, but it may be reduced based on how much the accident was your fault. For example, if you're found to be 20% at fault, your compensation could be reduced by 20%.
What kind of damages can I claim for a bus accident in New York?
You might be eligible to claim for medical bills, lost wages if you're unable to work because of your injuries, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to the accident. Each case is unique, so the specifics will depend on the details of your situation.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit after a bus accident?
In New York, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. But if the bus is owned by a city or state entity, you have much less time – typically just 90 days – to file a notice of claim. It's crucial to act quickly to protect your rights.
Do I need a lawyer to file a claim for a bus accident injury?
While you're not legally required to have a lawyer, handling a bus accident claim on your own can be overwhelming. An attorney familiar with New York's personal injury laws can offer invaluable assistance, from investigating the accident to negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a bus accident case?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. The fee is typically a percentage of the settlement or court award. You can usually discuss your case with a lawyer for free to start, which allows you to explore your options without any upfront costs.
How long does it take to settle a bus accident claim?
The time frame can vary widely based on the complexity of your case, the clarity of fault, and the extent of your injuries. Some cases may be resolved in a few months, while others could take years, especially if they go to trial.
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