Bronx Attorneys Advocating for Victims of Collisions Involving Public Transportation
Accidents involving buses, including public New York City buses and privately operated buses, can cause severe and sometimes permanent injuries to passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. The Bronx bus accident lawyers at Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law represent people throughout New York City who have suffered injuries because of the negligent operation of a bus, or the inadequate maintenance of a bus or bus station. Our attorneys have been recognized by their peers as leaders in their areas of practice, and our success of over 95 percent in obtaining results for our clients speaks for itself. As recently as October of 2017, Jesse Minc was involved in a serious bus accident lawsuit in which he and the trial team obtained a jury verdict of nearly $5.2 million against the New York City Transit Authority and other defendants in connection with their negligence in causing a serious bus accident in the Bronx in which the client was severely and permanently injured.
As a client of Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law, you will always have a direct line to the attorney handling your case. We limit the number of cases that we take in order to ensure that each client receives our full attention and all of the resources – both financial, and with respect to personal attorney time and attention – that their case requires and that they deserve. We believe, and our clients have told us, that we have a “human touch” that many personal injury law firms lack, and we are very proud of this reputation that we have earned from our clients.
Circumstances Involving Bus Accidents
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), an agency of the state government, operates public transportation systems in New York City, on Long Island, and elsewhere in the state. It operates New York City’s public bus system through MTA Regional Bus Operations (RBO) and the New York City Transit Authority. More than 5,700 buses run on over 300 routes throughout New York City. They share the streets with other drivers and pedestrians, creating countless risks for accidents and injuries, and have a legal duty to operate in a safe and reasonable manner to avoid causing accidents on the road
Thousands of privately owned and operated tour buses and charter buses also move through New York City on a daily basis. They are often the same size as city buses, and therefore they pose the same risks. This became apparent in 2017, when a private tour bus collided with a city bus in Queens, resulting in three deaths and numerous injuries. Indeed, the examples of negligent bus operation throughout the City are too numerous to count; and, unfortunately, due to the sheer mass and size of busses, when they crash, people often get serious hurt.
Whether a bus involved in an accident was public or private makes a crucial difference to how a bus accident attorney at our Bronx firm would present a claim for damages. A private bus operator may be sued in court like any other private individual or business, and, generally, the statute of limitations for a claim against a private bus operator is three years. A claim against the MTA, RBO or NYCTA (or any other government agency), however, may raise the issue of governmental immunity and always requires that a notice of claim be filed within ninety days of the accident before going to court, and that the formal lawsuit be filed within one year and ninety days of the accident.
Injured Due to Negligence by a Bus Driver
Bus service providers owe a duty of care, both to their passengers and to the general public, to provide qualified and competent bus drivers. Negligence by a driver may result in the agency’s or company’s liability for resulting injuries. This includes collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects, as well as accidents involving pedestrians. When a bus driver commits an illegal act, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the employer may also be liable under a theory of respondeat superior, negligent hiring or negligent supervision
Injured Due to Negligent Bus Maintenance
When a bus service provider allows passengers to board one of its buses, it is representing that the bus is in proper working order and is safe for ordinary use. Our Bronx bus accident attorneys may be able to hold the provider liable under a theory of premises liability for injuries that result from defects or dangerous conditions on a bus, or conditions affecting passengers’ ability to board or disembark.
Injured Due to Unsafe Conditions at a Bus Station or Bus Stop
The law also requires bus service providers to maintain bus stations, bus stops, and other facilities in good working order. Injuries due to a hazardous condition, such as slip and fall accidents, may result in liability for damages.
Injured Due to Negligent Road Maintenance
New York City buses are a public service operating on city streets, which are also a public service. Bus accidents, car accidents, and other types of accidents may result from a failure to make road repairs and properly maintain the streets. Even if a bus accident is not due to negligence by a bus driver or any other driver, the city may be liable
Speak to a Bus Accident Lawyer in the Bronx Today
At Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law, our attorneys and staff work tirelessly to recover the maximum amount of damages owed to a client. We have access to the city’s leading experts and investigators, including a retired N.Y.P.D. detective who can locate witnesses and evidence for your case. We have a long track record of success both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. We can also assist you with claims for insurance benefits, workers’ compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, and other forms of assistance following an accident. We can even help families deal with probate matters in situations involving a wrongful death. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a member of our team, call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online today. We represent people throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, as well as in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Se habla español.