Public transit is an essential part of life in New York City, and millions of people depend on buses for transportation each day. It is not uncommon to see public buses, private buses, tour buses, or school buses on the busy streets of New York. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in bus accidents every year.
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There are several causes of bus accidents in New York. The cause of the bus accident will impact accident liability and how to pursue a legal claim for damages.
A single bus accident can happen for several reasons, so it can be challenging to determine who is liable for the accident. An experienced New York bus accident lawyer can help determine which parties are liable in your case.
If you have suffered an injury in a bus accident, you may have a long and expensive road to recovery ahead of you. Even a minor accident can lead to severe injuries like concussions, broken bones, or paralysis requiring extensive medical treatment.
After an accident, medical bills will accumulate, and you will probably have to miss time at work during your recovery. To recoup these financial damages, you will need the help of a bus accident law firm to file a lawsuit and fight for your right to compensation.
When you hire a bus accident lawyer, you can focus on healing while your attorney focuses on your legal rights and winning your case. An experienced New York bus accident lawyer will support you with the following:
Without the help of a bus accident attorney, a victim will not be prepared to handle insurance companies and the bus companies defense team.
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In New York, certain laws protect passengers and bus companies from legal action in the event of an accident. If a bus accident victim is covered by their own no-fault auto insurance, their insurance will pay for damages, not the bus company’s insurance. If the victim does not have an auto insurance policy, then the bus company or the bus company insurer will be responsible for the victim’s damages.
In both situations, first-party benefits of an insurance policy will only cover basic injuries and economic losses up to $50,000. If a victim’s accident injuries are severe, it is not uncommon for the cost of treatment and damages to exceed $50,000. In this case, the victim must seek out the help of a New York bus accident attorney to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and bus company.
New York bus accident lawyers support and assist victims throughout the legal process in a variety of ways.
The legal process of filing a lawsuit and dealing with insurance companies can be complicated for someone inexperienced in the law, especially if they are also focused on healing from injuries.
A bus accident attorney will know how to handle the investigation process, collect reports from the MTA and the NYPD, and begin an insurance claim within the 90-day time limit.
Before filing a lawsuit, an accident victim must attend a 50-H hearing which is required by law whenever a claim is filed against a public entity. After this hearing, your attorney can guide you through the next steps of the legal process.
Insurance companies can be challenging to deal with because they will often attempt to devalue your claim and offer a settlement that is less than you deserve. You do not want to be left paying for medical bills out of pocket, so it is imperative that you are fully compensated for your damages.
After receiving the first offer from the bus company’s insurer, your attorney will begin negotiations. Your attorney will gather all your medical documents and value your claim for both economic and non-economic damages.
Negotiations with insurance companies can be arduous, so it is best to have strong evidence of your injuries and damages suffered due to the accident.
Immediately after the accident, you should seek medical care for an evaluation. You will want to document all injuries and medical treatment you receive, along with how much these treatments cost. If you miss time from work, this should also be recorded to calculate lost wages.
Your attorney will determine the cost of your medical expenses, including future expenses like physical therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering to estimate the total value of your claim. Using this number and collected evidence, your lawyer will negotiate a sufficient settlement with the insurance company.
If the insurance company refuses to settle the claim for a fair amount, your lawyer will file a lawsuit to recover the damages you suffered in the accident.
Our New York bus accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of claims. The most common types of claims for bus accidents include:
Each of these claims will have different and challenging issues like establishing liability, figuring out who the responsible party is, and working with varying types of insurance companies.
Lawyers from experienced bus accident law firms will understand how to value a claim and maximize your financial recovery properly. The three types of damages you may be able to recover include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages can easily be calculated because they have a monetary value. Typical economic damages in a bus accident case include:
These damages will vary significantly based on the extent of the victim’s injuries.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate because they don’t have a price tag. Non-economic damages are referred to as “pain and suffering” and include:
Your attorney can help you place a dollar value on these damages to ensure you are fairly compensated.
Punitive damages are rare in cases and are only awarded if the at-fault party exhibited extreme negligence. Punitive damages are meant to punish the offending party and deter similar behavior in the future.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Moshes Law, P.C. are ready to work with you to help you recover damages caused by a New York bus accident. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to collect evidence, investigate the causes of the accident, seek out the liable parties, and maximize your financial recovery.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you deserve compensation for your damages and financial losses. You do not have to face the challenges of negotiating with insurance companies and filing lawsuits alone.
Contact a New York bus accident attorney at Moshes Law, P.C. today.
At your free consultation, our experienced lawyers will evaluate your case, walk you through the legal process, and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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