If living in Hudson, Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie or anywhere else
around the Hudson Valley region from Albany to New York City, a resident
will probably be able to recall at least one news story about a bus accident.
Whether on the New York State Thruway or in a New York City tunnel, bus
accidents can and do happen and the result will include serious injury
and death to passengers.
experienced Poughkeepsie, New York bus accident attorneys know that many accidents and injuries can be prevented. First consider
what bus passengers can do to increase their safety.
Safer bus travel often times begins long before embarking on the journey.
Research the bus company to see if the company has a history of accidents,
traffic violations, safety violations, and consumer complaints. The Better
Business Bureau and the State’s Attorney General Office would be
a good starting point for concerned traveler’s calls.
When arriving at the location where the bus will be boarded, take a good
look at the bus. Walk around it and look at the tires. See how dirty the
vehicle is; can the driver see out of the windows? The concept should
be clear; do a visual spot check with an eye toward identifying vehicle defects.
While on the bus, tread carefully through the aisles. Do not place items
in the aisle and have the bus driver ask passengers to remove their items
from the aisle. If the bus is equipped with seat belts, consider using
them. Also be mindful of emergency exit locations.
In the end, these measures can increase safety. Having said that, riders
are still not the ones operating the vehicle; they cannot control the
bus driver’s actions, nor can they control the behaviors of other
Bus drivers and carrier companies must not do anything to cause injury
to their passengers and to pedestrians around the vehicle. While some
bus accidents are unpreventable, most are quite the opposite. In fact, many accidents
would not happen if someone was not negligent in some way.
Bus companies must properly inspect and maintain the vehicle. Bus drivers
should be properly trained and monitored. Maintaining a
dangerous bus and/or employing a known reckless driver can lead to accidents, injuries,
and deaths. The victims of negligence can sue the offending parties for damages.
Of course, motor vehicle insurance and other forms of business insurance
may compensate a victim. But often times, injury costs exceed policy limits.
This is especially the case with New York’s No-Fault regulations.
Serious injury must be proved in order to collect money additional to
what the statute allows. Determining if the injury is serious within the
meaning of the statute is something that an experienced attorney can help
victims figure out.
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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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