After you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be wondering who will compensate you for your damages, such as your medical bills, lost wages, and damaged vehicle. Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP has won over $400 million for their New York clients, including $2.8 million in damages recovered for victims of truck accidents and $2.3 million in compensation for their clients injured in car accidents. We are eager to meet you during your free case evaluation.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
The National Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) conducts research and compiles statistics on motor vehicle crashes involving all types of vehicles, including public transportation buses and school buses. It is estimated that every year, 63,000 buses are involved in crashes, and as a result, approximately 14,000 people become injured. Additionally, 325 people lose their lives to fatal bus injuries every year, including the driver in some cases.
The reasons for these tragic bus accidents are varied, just like the reasons for car accidents are diverse. But there are some common causes of bus accidents:
- Distracted Driving: If the driver is on their phone, for example, then this can cause an accident.
- Fatigued Driving: Bus drivers who are working long hours can suffer from fatigue which can impair their ability to properly follow safety protocols.
- Road Conditions: If there is construction, bad weather, or other reckless drivers, then those conditions make driving much more dangerous. Driving during rush hour when there are more cars on the road increases your chances of getting in an accident as well.
Who is Liable in a Bus Accident Case?
The party that is held liable for the accident will be determined after a thorough and lengthy investigation, which is why it’s important to call us about your specific case. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the responsible party could be any number of people or entities. Among some common potential circumstances include:
- The bus driver is discovered to have been negligent at the time of the accident and is therefore liable for the injuries they caused. If it was discovered that they were using a cell phone, high on drugs, drunk or breaking traffic laws, then it is likely they will be responsible for paying your damages.
- If the bus accident is discovered to have been due to a faulty piece of equipment or a safety feature in the bus that did not work properly, then the manufacture of the truck or that specific part would be liable for the damages caused by their defective product.
What is the Process for Filing a Bus Accident Claim?
To start the process, you must be checked out by a medical professional who can diagnose your injuries. Then, call us at Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP, so we can discuss the particulars of your case.
There will be some requirements expected of you. When you start receiving medical bills and other important documents, such as paramedic reports and records of your diagnosis, hang onto them so you can provide them to your personal injury attorney later. You will also need to provide Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP, a copy of the police report.
We build the strongest case possible and present it to the insurance company. We fight on your behalf so that you get the compensation you deserve. If our negotiations are unsuccessful, then we aggressively fight for you in court.
How a Bus Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
A bus accident attorney investigates your accident and your injuries to present the strongest case to the insurance company, judge, and if your case goes to trial, to the jury. However, a good bus accident attorney is going to exhaust all of their resources in order to get you the settlement that you deserve so that way you don’t have to endure a lengthy, emotional trial. A settlement also allows you to move on with your life faster.
The bus accident attorneys at Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP have developed strong professional relationships with expert witnesses over the years, such as doctors and accident reconstructionists, who have the authority and expertise to testify on your behalf. Give us a call to learn more about how we have successfully recovered millions for our bus accident clients.