New York streets are full of buses, and unfortunately, bus accidents are a regular occurrence. These accidents involve different types of buses, including school buses, public transportation buses, tour buses, charter buses, and shuttle buses. Bus accidents are not like your typical car accident. Liability and financial recovery issues are generally more complicated, and injuries are often more severe.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bus accident, contact a Nassau County personal injury attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. Some bus accident claims involve strict filing deadlines, which means that you do not have a lot of time to sort through liability and recovery issues. You need an attorney who understands bus accident and insurance laws to help you preserve your claim and pursue the proper parties for compensation.
New York’s no-fault insurance laws generally require you to seek economic damages, such as lost wages and medical bills from your own insurance company. Certain facts, such as whether or not you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, automobile occupant, motorcyclist, or bus passenger at the time of the accident, can affect claim liability, however. Other relevant facts include whether or not you own an automobile, or if you live with someone who has an automobile insurance policy.
No-fault insurance laws are meant to simplify the recovery process for accident claims, but it can sometimes make the process much more difficult. Depending on certain facts such as injury severity and length of disability, you may have claims against two different insurance companies. You could have an economic damages claim against your insurance company. And a second claim for noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Putting no-fault laws aside, there are several different parties that may be responsible for your injuries and damages in a bus accident. Responsible parties may include bus drivers, bus driver employers, and bus owners. Government entities may be responsible for school bus and public transportation bus accidents. If bus defects caused your accident, you might have to pursue a claim against the bus manufacturer or seller for your claim recovery. If poor bus maintenance caused the accident, you might have a claim against the party responsible for maintaining the bus.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you need an experienced legal advocate. Attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. will put their services to work for you and your family. Our attorneys provide free case evaluations, and they work on contingency for personal injury claims. They will not collect any attorneys’ fees until you have secured compensation for your bus accident injuries and damages.