What To Do After A NYC Bus Accident
Regardless of the circumstances, to win a personal injury case, you (and your attorney) must first identify who was at fault. This is one of the most challenging elements of any claim. Determining fault can be even more complicated when it comes to bus accidents. For example, if a bus hits your car or you are injured while riding on the bus, it is not guaranteed that the bus driver is responsible for the accident—although they could be.
The driver is likely an extension of the company that owns the bus. Regarding liability, the bus company was responsible for hiring the drivers and mechanics, training them, and ensuring that the company maintained the vehicle correctly. To take it one step further, something may have malfunctioned on the bus, and that could have been the true cause of the accident rather than the driver. One of the manufacturers that contributed a part could be at fault. There are also scenarios where multiple parties contributed to the accident.
New Yorkers Rely On Public Transit
Due to their weight and size, accidents that involve buses can be catastrophic. After being in one, your sole priority should be to seek medical attention. Although your health and safety are the priority, don’t forget that your medical records will play a key role in recovering compensation. Never forget that some injuries, such as a TBI, could develop days or weeks after the accident. Continue to meet with qualified physicians to treat and document your injuries. If they schedule you for a return visit, keep it.
Whether in a car or riding as a passenger, you should shift your focus to report the accident to the police. This is only pertinent if you do not need immediate or urgent medical care. If you have decided to meet with a doctor after the accident and take care of yourself, wait to give a statement to the police. You should not admit to fault or guilt because you simply don’t know all the facts about the accident.
Like any other accident, you should take as many pictures of the scene as possible. Capture the position of the bus, the location of your car, tire marks, traffic signs and lights, and anything else you think could be relevant. Because you will be seeking compensation for any damage done to your car, document the extent of the damages.
Get In Touch With A Personal Injury Attorney
The statute of limitations is different for publicly and privately owned buses. If you were in an accident with a bus owned and operated by the government, you only have 90 days to file a lawsuit. Contact the attorneys at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos P.C. to schedule a free consultation. We are eager to begin evaluating your case.