Buses are used for many types of reasons and by many different kinds of
travelers. Of course, there is the daily commuter; local or long distance.
There are also
school buses. Vacation destinations are also reached via bus travel. Therefore, just
because it is summer and school is out, it doesn’t mean that bus
travel is slight.
Experienced Poughkeepsie bus accident attorneys have seen many cases in which commercial buses were involved in a roadway
accident. They happen on the New York State Thruway, Poughkeepsie main
roads, and even scenic roadways.
We should acknowledge that your chances of being in a
bus accident are slim as compared to crashes that involve other types of motor vehicles;
after all, less than one percent of all roadway collisions involve buses.
This doesn’t mean that you have lesser rights or that you shouldn’t
Bus accidents will continue to occur. Moreover, they are catastrophic when they do happen.
Buses are enormous and commonly not equipped with seat belts and airbags.
Additionally, passengers walk through the cabin while the bus is in motion.
In fact, recent years have seen over three hundred bus accident fatalities.
Passengers who are lucky enough to survive a
bus accident may end up suffering from serious injuries such as burns, broken bones,
spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, head injuries, and many more
types of injuries. Some injuries will be irreversible, such as paralysis
or brain injuries.
While it may be impossible to list all of the things that cause
bus accidents, there are several common causes. Consider the effect of improper maintenance; faulty brakes, engine systems,
tires, and windshield wipers, for example. Driver inattention and sleep
deprivation are problems. Falling asleep at the wheel causes accidents
too. Speeding, turning too fast, and overall lack of training can cause
Who can be responsible for your injuries? Any person that breached his
or her duty of care owed to you. If a bus manufacturer, owner, and or
operator committed a
negligent act that caused your injuries, you can hold that person accountable in a court of law. Any one of these
parties can be named as a defendant; they all can be named as defendants
in the same suit as well.
Obviously the victim himself or herself can sue. But what if the victim
is a minor, incapacitated, or has died. In those cases, another person
can sue on behalf of the victim. Also, the family of the air plane crash
victim may have their own unique damages that can be compensated for via
additional litigation. Lastly, any kind of damage can be recovered so
long as it came out of the defendants’ negligence.
Are you interested in learning more about summer travel accidents? Click
here to read about the various types of
common summer travel accidents available here. Also, learn about airplane accidents and injuries at the airport in
our blog post available by clicking 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
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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