Thousands of commuters in Newburgh, New York rely on mass transit in order
to get to and from work every day. Specifically, they use public transportation
on buses. Of course, school buses carry children to and from school, sporting
activities, and after-school clubs. Long range bus carriers bring people
to far away destinations as well.
Experienced Newburgh bus accident attorneys know that many buses are involved in accidents each year, especially in
Newburgh and other points in and around the Mid-Hudson Valley and on the
New York Thruway system.
Bus accidents can be quite complex to litigate. This is because there are many victims
involved in one crash and they will all have some degree of injury. Part
of the reason that so many will be injured is because most buses are not
equipped with seat belts.
Also adding to the complexity is that multiple parties may be responsible
for the crash; the bus company who owns and or operates the bus; the bus
driver; and or other motorists involved in the crash. Further complicating
the matter is that many buses are publicly owned; suits involving the
government involve unique procedural requirements and notice requirements.
Consider a hypothetical accident in which a bus operated by a municipality
collides with another vehicle. The bus driver in this example was operating
the bus recklessly, and his employer was aware that said driver had a
history of reckless driving. The other vehicle involved in the crash was
also operated in a negligent fashion.
In this situation, the bus driver may be held liable for the
motor vehicle accident, the company that employed him can be subject to liability, and the driver
of the other vehicle can be liable for the injuries sustained by the passengers
on the bus.
This type of situation involves naming all three as parties to the suit.
Multiple insurance companies will have to be notified of the accident.
Additionally, since the bus is operated by a public entity, the injured
plaintiffs will have less time to commence the law suit and notice must
be given within a very short period of the potential claim on the governmental entity.
Obtaining the advice and assistance of an experienced Newburgh personal
injury attorney is a proper course of action if you or a loved one was
involved in a bus accident. Even at the point in which insurance companies
are notified or when they contact you, you should let your attorney do
Are you interested in learning more about taxi and bus accidents? Read
our latest article to hear about liability and how to protect your rights
by clicking on the link here. Learn what to do after a taxi accident in
our post available here. Read about liability and the law in New York City taxi accidents
in this 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
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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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