New York Bus Accident Attorneys
New York is a commuter city, and many of us rely on public transportation to get by. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) runs the bus services in New York City, operating 5,600 buses and carrying millions of passengers over millions of miles each year. We ride the bus to commute to work, to visit friends and family, to take our children to school. We rely on MTA bus drivers for our safety and the safety of our families. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured or killed every year across the country in accidents involving buses. It’s safe to say most New Yorkers who have driven in the City have had at least a near miss involving an MTA bus. When buses crash, the consequences are severe.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York bus/MTA crash, whether as a passenger or as another driver on the road, you need a seasoned, dedicated bus crash attorney in your corner to make sure the appropriate parties are held responsible and that you are fully compensated for your injuries. The New York bus accident attorneys at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. are ready to hold negligent drivers, transit companies or agencies, and bus part manufacturers responsible and obtain compensation for injured bus passengers and other motorists.
Bus Accidents Are More Common Than People Think
Nationwide, nearly 63,000 buses are involved in traffic collisions yearly, leading to 14,000 injuries and over 300 fatalities. According to the New York Post, the numbers specific to New York are even starker: Between 2015 and 2018, there were at least 21,823 MTA bus crashes, injuring at least 2,520 people (or an average of 2.7 per day). At least 14 people died in that period, including pedestrians, skateboarders, passengers, and other motorists. School buses were involved in at least 180 crashes.
Multiple Brands and Complicated Rules Make it Hard to Figure Out Who to Blame, How to Bring a Claim
Across the five boroughs, the public bus system has different names: The New York City Bus, NYC Transit (NYCT), MTA Bus, or Regional Bus Operations (RBO). The various parts have been consolidated into the New York City Transit Authority, which is a wing of the broader MTA. Figuring out who to blame and how to properly file a claim against a city agency can be a frustrating and burdensome process. There are, for example, strict time limits for filing notice of a claim against the MTA that do not apply to other types of accidents: You must file notice within 90 days from the date of the crash.
When you or a loved one has been injured or killed, the last thing you want to deal with is figuring out a complicated, bureaucratic claim system with special rules that might result in you losing any compensation if you fail to follow the proper channels. Let experienced, dedicated bus accident attorneys evaluate your claim and determine if you have a case for negligence. If your New York bus accident lawyers decide you have a case, let them handle the legal procedures so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and supporting your family. You may have a very limited time to bring your claim, so contact a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Let Experienced New York MTA/Bus Accident Lawyers Help You Recover From Your Bus Accident Injuries
Most bus accidents are avoidable and are attributable to negligence by either the operator of the bus or by the employer in failing to implement proper safety protocols, ensure appropriate driver training and qualifications, or maintain bus equipment up to modern safety standards. If you have been seriously injured in a bus crash as a passenger, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, or another driver, you may have a claim for negligence against the MTA and the driver. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident in New York City, Goshen, Orange County, or anywhere in the Hudson Valley, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C., to speak with experienced bus accident lawyers who can help you.