- posted: Aug. 28, 2023
- Car,Truck,Bus & Motorcycle Accidents
More than 3.5 million people utilize the massive public transit system in New York City, which has a population of over 8.5 million. An estimated 1.2 million people travel daily on 325 bus routes through the city's congested streets. With the world returning to normal after the pandemic the crowded streets has increased the potential risk of being involved in a bus accident. The Gothamist reports that between 2019 and 2022, there was an upsurge in bus accidents in the city. Accidents involving MTA buses may be catastrophic, often leading to both passengers and drivers being injured. Currently, the city experiences over 3,250 bus accidents each year, and almost all of them injure several people, including the operator of the bus.
Depending on the velocity and type of accident, bus accidents can result in a range of injuries. Common minor injuries suffered by victims include Whiplash from the sudden stop caused by the collision, cuts and abrasions from broken glass, soft tissue damage including sprains and strains, bruises and contusions are all common in bus accidents. However, MTA buses lack safety features to safeguard passengers, such as seatbelts or airbags, frequently resulting in more severe injuries such as minor to serious head injuries including traumatic brain injuries from hitting the sides of the bus or hitting other passengers, broken bones and fractures from the impact of the crash, spinal cord injuries, some of which could result in paralysis, and internal injuries such as organ damage. If you were in a bus accident, it is imperative that you get medical attention as soon as you can. Even minor injuries should be carefully examined since they might develop into more serious problems in the future. By keeping track of your medical costs, you may more precisely assess the harm the accident caused and determine how much compensation you could be eligible for. In addition, photographs of the incidents should be obtained, and contact information should be exchanged with any witnesses involved, including passengers and drivers. This information will aid you in your discovery of the liable party for tour damages.
When an MTA bus is involved, determining who is at fault is frequently challenging. The MTA may be responsible for damages if one of its drivers was at fault for the collision. In these situations, the MTA is liable for the deeds of its workers and must provide restitution to the harmed party for any losses sustained. However, establishing negligence may be challenging, therefore it's crucial to have a skilled lawyer on your side who can guide you through the intricate legal procedure. If the accident was caused by a third party, such as a careless motorist, that person would be held liable. In such circumstances, the injured party must submit a claim with the liable party's insurance carrier. If the insurance company denies the claim, the injured person may have to go to court to pursue damages from the responsible party. Even if you were hurt in the accident, there are some situations when you could also share part of the culpability. This is referred to as "comparative negligence" and defines how the amount of the injured person's fault that is reduced from the damages given in such circumstances. It is important to meet with an experienced attorney in order to determine who is liable for your damages and receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident it is imperative to seek legal aid immediately. Working with an attorney who specializes in these types of cases will help to uncomplicate the complex legal system. Contact us today at (516) 227-2662.