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Can I Pursue Legal Action After a Bus Accident in New York?

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Bus accidents can result in severe physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If you were injured in one, you will need to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are the common causes of bus accidents?

There are a number of different ways a bus accident can occur. In some cases, these accidents can be caused by inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, mechanical failure, and other drivers. However, the majority of bus accidents are typically traced back to driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:

  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Operating the bus while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to take large blind spots into account
  • Negligently changing lanes
  • Negligently discharging passengers
  • Abrupt stops and starts
  • Ignoring all other rules and regulations of the road
  • Operating the bus while drowsy or fatigued

What steps should I take after being injured in a bus accident?

If you were injured in a bus accident as a result of another’s negligence, you may have a valid personal injury claim. If possible, it is important that you take the following steps after your injury. These steps include:

  1. Call the authorities. The police will send an ambulance to the scene and file a police report.
  2. Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident and what caused your injuries.
  3. Collect contact information from other passengers on the bus. These individuals may be able to support your translation of the events.
  4. Seek medical treatment to ensure your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor to provide you with medical documentation pointing to the origin and severity of your injuries.
  5. Retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney that can help you work through the claims process and aid in recovering further proof of negligence.

How long do I have to file a bus accident claim in New York?

If you would like to pursue legal action for your bus accident, you will need to ensure that you are promptly filing your claim. New York has a statute of limitations of three years for most personal injury claims. This means that if you fail to file your claim within three years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose the chance to recover the compensation you deserve.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to retain a skilled personal injury attorney.

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