Public and privately owned bus companies operate their fleets in almost
every corner of the United States of America. Some bus companies are smaller
regional operations, and government owned bus companies may be limited
to the county level. And of course the largest privately owned companies
operate on the national level, bringing travelers over long distances
to see friends and family for the winter holidays.
No matter what type of entity owns the bus and no matter the reason for
travel; work, play, or for a holiday trip, bus passengers, pedestrians,
and or persons traveling in other vehicles can recover damages caused by a
negligent bus accident.
Experienced Poughkeepsie bus accident attorneys know that bus accident litigation is complex and multiple parties can
be responsible for the injury caused to victims.
The employee operating the bus at the time of the accident will be scrutinized
heavily after an accident occurs. Accident investigators, including attorneys,
will inquire into the driver’s condition. Was he or she driving
drowsy, did he or she fall asleep at the wheel, was the driver under the
influence of drugs and or alcohol, and was the driver using a phone or
other type of portable electronic device are all question that will need
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then the bus driver
may have negligently caused the accident and the victim(s) injuries. The
negligent driver can be held to pay for the victims’ injuries. Unfortunately,
however, the bus driver may not have the assets and or resources to pay
what is due to the victims.
Bus Companies (public or private):
The entity that owns the bus will have the resources to compensate an accident
victim. And the bus company itself can also be held liable for the devastation
caused by a
bus accident. First, the negligence of the employee driver can be imputed to the bus
company. The facts surrounding the case will dictate when such is feasible.
Additionally, if the accident was caused by improper maintenance of the
bus, improper training, and even negligent hiring and or negligent retention
of an employee, the bus company can be held to pay for the victims’ damages.
Improper Roadway Design and Maintenance:
Winter holiday roadways can be treacherous in Poughkeepsie. If a road is
not designed right and or not maintained properly, bus accidents can be
caused to occur that which would not otherwise have occurred.
Learn about winter travel accidents, liability, risks, and issues
in our article available here. Find out about taxi accidents during the holidays in
our blog post here. Learn about the dangers of train accidents in
our blog post available 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
convenient contact form here.