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Bus Accidents – The Bullies of the Road

by Michael Rose

Operating a passenger bus necessarily comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Fully loaded, a passenger bus can weigh between 30,000 and 44,000 pounds. Considering the streets of New York City – with extraordinary numbers of both vehicles and pedestrians – a bus accident has the potential to cause countless as well as horrific injuries. Remaining attentive and cautious of road conditions, pedestrians, and other drivers should therefore be inherent to the job of bus operator. However, New York has established a rather unique and notorious driving etiquette – drivers are aggressive and impatient, bus drivers arguably (or not so arguably) being the worst of them all.

Protect Your Rights

Bus accidents are unfortunately inevitable, so it is important everyone has a basic understanding of the steps to take in case the unthinkable becomes the most devastating reality. First, the General Municipal Law mandates:

“as a condition precedent to the commencement of an action or special proceeding against a public corporation… the notice of claim shall comply with and be served in accordance with the provisions of this section within ninety days after the claim arises”

– NY General Municipal Law § 50-e (1)(a)

What this means is, if a person is involved in a bus accident they must provide the appropriate municipality with certain information within 90 days of the accident in order to receive any compensation for their injuries. As bus accident victims are already going through one of the most painful and challenging time of their lives, this can seem like an unfair hurdle to jump over just to be given the chance to recover some relief for what the accident costs them. Thankfully, retaining an attorney will lighten this additional burden as they will be there to guide you and cover the necessary groundwork. It is of great importance that an experienced personal injury attorney is retained in these matters as the claim can be compromised and even dismissed if procedures are not followed in the appropriate manner.

We Will Fight for You

The law firm of Hach & Rose, LLP has achieved great success in these matters. The firm obtained a $2.3 million jury verdict for a pedestrian who was struck by a New York City Transit Authority bus. Another client received a $1.5 million settlement for being injured in accident with a municipal bus after retaining Hach & Rose, LLP. While no amount of money can ever undo the damage done, it provides bus accident victims and their families the opportunity to live as good a life as they are able after catastrophe strikes. If you or a loved one is a victim of a bus accident, call Hach & Rose, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation toll-free at 866-LAWS-USA or (212) 779-0057.

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