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New York City Bus Accident Lawyer

New York City Bus Accident LawyerHave you been seriously hurt in a bus accident in New York City, NY? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Do not allow the insurance company to treat you unfairly.

For over 25 years, the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has represented bus accident injury victims in all five boroughs of NYC. Contact our law firm for a free case review with a New York City bus accident lawyer ready to fight for you. Call (212) 564-2800 today!

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help You After a Bus Accident in New York City

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help You After a Bus Accident in New York CityWhile you are struggling to recover from serious injuries, you should not have to face an uphill battle for the money you need. Sadly, this is the prospect many injury victims face. You deserve a New York City personal injury lawyer ready to take over the fight and hold the insurance companies accountable.

Our founding attorney, Jay S. Knispel, is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. A member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Attorney Knispel has recovered some of the largest settlements and verdicts in New York history. He will put his decades of legal experience and insight to work for you.

Choose the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to represent you, and we will:

  • Offer sound legal advice, support, and guidance throughout your case
  • Conduct a careful investigation into your crash
  • Identify all potentially liable parties and sources of money
  • Accurately value the extent of your damages
  • Work with experts to prove causation, negligence, and damages
  • Negotiate on your behalf to reach a settlement offer that fully compensates you or take your case to court

Call our law office in New York City, New York to schedule your free consultation. We will give you the aggressive representation you need when facing the insurance company.

How Common Are Bus Accidents in New York City, NY?

New York City is often lauded for its excellent public transportation system, widely considered the best in the nation. However, accidents are still all too common. Every year, thousands of MTA bus passengers and other drivers are injured due to bus accidents.

Between 2015 and 2019, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses were involved in 21,823 collisions and other accidents. That’s an average of 23 per day. This caused over 2,500 injuries, including at least 14 fatalities. About 180 of these accidents involved school buses.

In 2019, 494 MTA bus passengers were hurt in non-collision accidents, up 11% from the previous year. This includes passengers who are hurt while riding a bus or getting on or off a bus. Around 42% of these injuries involved “throwing movements.” Slip and fall accidents from getting on or off the bus resulted in 160 injuries.

Bus accidents involving the MTA are so common that bus drivers often call MTA dispatch instead of police after an accident. Special squads then arrive on the scene to take photos and talk to witnesses, potentially building a defense before victims are even taken to the hospital.

School buses are the second-most common type of vehicle involved in bus accidents in NYC. According to the National Safety Council, there were 3,000 injured school bus passengers and 1,000 injured drivers nationwide in 2017. School bus accidents killed 117 people in the U.S. in 2018. Seven of these fatalities were in New York state.

Nationwide, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported 224 buses involved in fatal collisions in 2018. There were 60,000 injury crashes involving large trucks and buses in the U.S. that year.

What Is My Bus Accident Case Worth?

Many factors determine the value of your personal injury case. Every claim is unique, with highly personal damages based on your financial losses (lost wages, property damage, and medical expenses), future damages (earning capacity and medical care), and non-economic losses.

New York City injury attorneys will consider the following to value your case.

  • Were you at all responsible for your crash?
  • What is the amount of insurance coverage available?
  • Do you have a claim against the city, MTA, a private company, or another individual?
  • What type of injuries did you sustain, and how serious were they?
  • Were you left with disfigurement, impairment, or disability?
  • Will you require ongoing medical care?

Scheduling a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer is the best way to determine how much your case may be worth.

What Type of Damages Are Available to Bus Accident Victims in NYC?

Bus accident victims are entitled to recover non-economic damages and economic damages after a crash. The at-fault party is responsible for making you as whole as possible after the accident. Your damages without an intrinsic financial value, such as pain and suffering, will be assigned a dollar amount.

You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Property damage
  • Lost wages for time you took off to recover
  • Lost future earnings if you cannot return to work due to impairment or disability
  • Medical bills, including your anticipated future medical expenses
  • Non-economic losses like disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life

If you lost a loved one in a fatal bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses your family suffered in a wrongful death claim.

Rare bus accident cases are also eligible for punitive damages awarded by a jury to punish the defendant for egregious conduct.

Can I Recover Damages if I’m Being Blamed for a Bus Accident in New York City, New York?

New York uses a pure comparative negligence system in accident cases involving shared blame. Under this rule, you can still recover compensation even if you are up to 99% at fault. Your recovery will be reduced based on the share of fault you are assigned.

Do not allow an insurance company to shift blame to you unfairly. The insurance company may try to limit their liability by blaming you. An experienced New York City personal injury lawyer can help you fight back against these attempts.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Bus Accident Injuries

Whether you were a bus passenger, pedestrian, or the occupant of a vehicle involved in a bus accident, you may have suffered serious and life-changing injuries. Even non-collision accidents like slip and fall accidents on a bus can cause serious injury.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will fight for full compensation for injuries such as:

No matter what type of injuries you sustained, you are entitled to fair compensation for your economic and non-economic losses from the negligent party. Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help.

What Causes Most Bus Accidents in NYC, NY?

Bus accidents are usually caused due to human error or negligence, but they are sometimes the result of weather, road conditions, or faulty or malfunctioning vehicle components.

Common causes of New York City bus crashes include:

The MTA cites traffic in New York City and its own drivers for the rise in MTA bus injuries. Specifically, the MTA says that many injuries happen when a driver swerves to avoid pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles. This is more likely to cause non-collision accidents, however.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has decades of experience investigating New York bus accidents. We will help you determine how your accident occurred and who can be held liable.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bus Accident in New York?

Depending on the circumstances of your crash, multiple parties may share liability for your injuries.

After a careful investigation into your crash, your personal injury lawyer may help you build a negligence case against the bus driver, the transportation company, the bus company, the city, the bus manufacturer, or other drivers or pedestrians.

Proving negligence will require gathering and assessing evidence related to your accident, including:

  • Onboard vehicle data
  • Maintenance logs
  • Bus company’s training and hiring practices
  • Results of an investigation by the MTA or other government agency
  • Photos and videos of the scene of the accident
  • Damage to vehicles
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports and crash reports
  • Citations or arrests related to the accident

We may work with experts such as accident reconstruction specialists to provide expert testimony on the cause of your crash and who was negligent.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Bus Accident in New York?

The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New York is three years from the date of your accident. This statute of limitations will apply to bus accidents involving, for example, private bus companies.

If you have a claim against the city or the MTA, you have a much shorter deadline. There is a 90-day deadline to file a Notice of a Claim against the MTA. You then have one year to file a lawsuit related to your MTA accident. This same deadline to file notice and the shorter statute of limitations also applies to claims against the City of New York and the New York City Transit Authority.

If you miss the deadline to file your claim, you will be barred from recovering the compensation you deserve. Even delays can threaten your claim by allowing important evidence to be lost. Contact a NYC bus accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your claim.

Contact a New York City Bus Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

After a serious bus accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight back against well-funded insurance companies attempting to minimize the severity of your injuries. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will put decades of experience to work on your case. We have successfully won cases against the City of New York, the MTA, and more. We will fight for the compensation you deserve.

Call our law office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New York City bus accident lawyer to discuss how we can help you.

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