When it comes to amenities, New York City is unparalleled. One perk of city life is access to our excellent public transit system. You can save money by not having to buy a car because the city provides several transportation alternatives.
When there is an accident, people using public transportation undoubtedly feel the negative effects. While incidents involving mass transit vehicles (buses, subways, etc.) are not common, they do occur frequently enough to warrant concern.
There are over 65,000 bus accidents per year in the United States, putting the lives of bus passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at danger. This is especially true in cities like New York, where transit buses operate around the clock to transport locals, visitors, and workers. There are a few things you need to know if you've been in a bus accident in New York City, which we will cover below. To safeguard your interests and your right to file a claim for fair compensation in the event of an injury, it is important to remember some of this key information.
It's always advised that anyone involved in any sort of accident and finds themselves injured should contact a NY personal injury lawyer, who can guide them through the sometimes complex process of filing an injury claim.
Many accident victims have retained the services of Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law over the years. We have decades of experience and can help.
What To Do After An MTA or Bus Accident
In the event of an accident involving an MTA or NYC Transit bus, it is important to remain calm and collect as much information as possible. Some of this information is self-explanatory, such as a police report, medical records, witnesses, etc.
Immediately after an accident, the police should be alerted so that a report can be filed and documented. An ambulance can be called in if necessary as well. You also want to make sure to record the bus's identification number, the name of the bus driver, and the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Medical care is the most important if you have been injured. Even if your injuries are not immediately apparent, seek medical attention to ensure a doctor has examined you. Sometimes, injuries will manifest later. Refusing medical attention can negatively impact your chances for compensation.
Never Sign Anything From The Insurance Company Without a Bus Accident Lawyer
One or more insurance companies may contact you following an accident to request statements and make a settlement offer. Your insurance provider might prod you into making a statement or providing information if you were operating a different vehicle that was struck by a bus, which could end up costing you later on.
You can receive a monetary settlement from insurance companies for your injury. Without first reviewing your situation with an attorney, never sign anything from an insurance carrier. You could potentially waive all claims for additional compensation once you sign and accept a settlement.
Common Causes of MTA Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can take many different forms, including head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, pedestrian accidents, speeding accidents, and accidents involving alcohol, to name a few. Bus accidents on the MTA can happen for a variety of causes, just like any other kind of vehicle accident.
Below are some of the most commons reasons:
- Drowsy driver: A bus driver who is tired runs the risk of nodding off behind the wheel. Even if they avoid collisions, drowsy bus drivers frequently exhibit slower reaction times, poorer judgment, and blurred eyesight, which can result in mishaps.
- Distracted driver: Many factors, such as texting and driving, rowdy passengers, vehicle malfunctions, and personal problems, can distract drivers. A recent study by MTA authorities revealed that a concerning proportion of MTA drivers use mobile phones while driving. Using a mobile phone or another portable electronic device while driving is prohibited by New York law. This means that using a handheld phone to make or receive calls, send text messages or emails, browse the internet, play games, or take pictures is prohibited while operating a vehicle.
- Ignoring traffic laws: Accidents involving vehicles, particularly those with MTA buses, frequently result from failure to adhere to the "Rules of the Road." Traffic law violations, such as speeding, running red lights, failing to stop at stop signs, and failing to yield, are dangerous and can result in major collisions, significant injuries, and even fatalities. In fact, receiving a ticket during the course of the accident inquiry would be solid evidence that the MTA bus driver was at least partially to blame for it.
- Intoxicated driving: MTA bus drivers are not allowed to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, just like any other driver. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set regulations requiring random alcohol testing of bus drivers, not all bus drivers adhere to the prohibition on driving under the influence.
- Bus maintenance: It could be challenging for the driver to control the bus effectively if it is not operating properly. Another factor that could divert the driver's attention from the road is an issue with the bus. If a maintenance problem was the cause of the accident, the MTA or the organization in charge of bus maintenance may have been responsible rather than the driver itself.
- Weather conditions: Bus accidents may also be influenced by rain, ice, and snow.
- Passengers: Sometimes when trying to board or exit the bus, people are hurt when the driver shuts the door too quickly, uses the bus lift, or starts the engine with the doors still open.
- Other motorists: Other drivers are at blame for some MTA bus collisions.
Many MTA bus incidents are clearly the result of the bus driver's fault, but other accidents are also the result of the negligence of a third party, such as another driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian.
Contact Brandon J. Broderick If You've Been Injured in a Bus Accident
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