The largest and most densely passenger-populated vehicles on the road are
buses. Passengers use them for daily commuting, for getting to schools,
and for regional or long distance travel. Bus travel is unique because
of the amount of people riding inside one vehicle, but it is also unique
because passengers typically stand while riding and seat belts are not
typically equipped in them.
Experienced Poughkeepsie bus accident attorneys are too well aware of the number of fatalities that occur yearly as a
result of accidents involving buses. Many of which occur when school busses
are involved in
bus accidents. With over 23 million children riding buses every day, it is an unfortunate
fact of roadway travel that some of these children will not survive a
Not only is it the passengers in the bus that are killed, but it is also
motorists or passengers in other vehicles involved in the collision. Pedestrians
are also common victims from
bus accident cases. In fact, many of the pedestrians killed or injured were exiting or getting
ready to board the bus.
Many of these injuries and fatalities could be avoided if motorists stopped
for busses stopped on the road with their safety lights engaged. As you
know, New York law mandates motorists to stop when traveling near a stopped
bus whose lights are engaged.
Sometimes it isn’t the negligence of another motorist that caused
the bus accident; rather it was due to the bus driver’s negligence
and/or the bus company’s negligence. Just as motorists owe a duty
of care to other motorists and pedestrians, motorists owe a duty of care
to their passenger’s as well.
This duty requires the operator or owner to use and maintain the bus in
a reasonable and prudent manner so as not to cause harm that was foreseeable
and preventable. Buses may be outdated or poorly maintained. Drivers may becomedistracted or drowsy, or fail to adhere to the rules of the road. Bus companies may not have
properly trained the driver; they might also have negligently hired or
retained the driver.
Whether the accident was caused by a motorist’s negligence, a bus
driver’s negligence, or by a bus company’s negligence, victims
may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. Courts will look
for proof that the defendant was under a duty; proof that the duty was
breached; evidence in support of causation; and a showing of damages.
Once satisfying these elements, victims and their families can receive
compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, lost
earning capacity, pain, suffering, future medical costs, wrongful death,
los of consortium, and including recovery through survival actions.
Are you interested in learning more about the various kinds of motor vehicle
accidents? Find out more by reading our
latest article posted on our website here. Also, learn more about car accident and what can cause liability by
viewing our blog post here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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