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March 15, 2024

Who Is Responsible for Covering Injuries in a Bus Accident?

Your Rights If You Are Injured in a Bus Accident in New York

Thousands of bus accidents happen every year throughout the United States. Tragically, New York has one of the highest rates of bus accident fatalities and injuries in the country. If you are injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation, but you need to speak with an attorney to determine the best way to pursue a claim for damages.

At Denlea & Carton, LLP, we provide representation for individuals who have suffered harm in a New York bus accident. Our lawyers are well-versed in handling even the most complex cases and will work to ensure you receive the largest recovery possible. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

New York Bus Accidents Stats

According to the most recent statistics available (albeit 2022), New York has had the largest number of bus accidents in prior years.  In 2022, there were 1,463 bus accidents in the state. Each year, across the country, there are around 15,000 bus accidents. An astounding 47% involve an injury, and approximately 1.5% result in a death. 

Bus accident statistics nationwide:

  • In 2022, there were 15,033 bus accidents, 219 of which resulted in fatalities.
  • New York led the nation in bus accidents in 2022. 
  • New York, Florida, Texas, California, and Illinois were the states with the most bus crashes.
  • During a single year, 13,268 people were injured in bus accidents. 
  • New York had the third most fatal bus accidents in 2022, behind Texas and Florida.

Individuals who are involved in bus accidents in New York are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney. You may be eligible to take legal action against the bus company, bus driver, or another liable party.

Common Bus Accident Injuries

Bus accident injuries can range in severity. Whether you are taking public transportation, riding on a school bus, or sitting on a charter bus, your entire life can be turned upside down in a matter of minutes. The bus driver’s negligence or another driver’s error could cause you serious harm. 

Common bus accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Vision loss
  • Collapsed lung
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Disfigurement or amputation

Even if you are unsure about the severity of your injuries, you should still seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. Waiting to be evaluated by a medical professional can negatively impact your case and your recovery.

Who May Be Liable After a Bus Accident

Liability in a bus accident case may not be straightforward. Depending on the situation, there may be one or more parties that can be held legally responsible for your injuries. 

Bus Driver

If the bus driver acted negligently, he or she may be held liable in a bus crash. Proving liability, however, can be challenging without the help of a personal injury attorney. Bus drivers are frequently at fault if they are driving under the influence, distracted, or fatigued. A driver may also be liable if they speed or violate a traffic rule.

Bus Owner

In addition to the driver of the bus, the owner may also be liable after an accident. Bus owners are frequently held responsible if they do not provide adequate maintenance, fail to screen employees, or do not properly train or supervise their employees.

Other Drivers

In certain circumstances, other drivers may be at fault for the accident. If another driver causes the crash, they may be fully or partially liable. It may take an independent investigation to determine who or what caused the collision. 

What to Do If You Are Injured in a Bus Accident

If you are involved in a bus accident, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim against a liable party. Under many circumstances, you will be able to file a claim through your no-fault insurance policy. 

However, if your injuries are serious, you may want to seek a personal injury lawsuit against the party or parties that caused you harm. In order to file a lawsuit, you need to determine your eligibility and collect evidence to strengthen your claim.

Legal Resources for Victims

Working with an attorney can help ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Bus accident cases can be complex, involving multiple parties and multiple insurance companies. An attorney can help you navigate the process and secure compensation for all of your accident-related losses.

Why Choose Denlea & Carton? 

Were you injured in a bus accident in New York? The lawyers at Denlea & Carton can help. Our legal team has extensive experience handling injury cases throughout White Plains and the surrounding areas. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


James R. Denlea

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