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What Legal Rights Do I Have After a City Bus Accident

January 17, 2023

Buses are much bigger and heavier than passenger cars, and when they’re involved in crashes, pedestrians, passengers, and other motorists usually suffer severe injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a city bus accident, you have the legal right to pursue damages from the at-fault party through a personal injury claim.

However, navigating a city bus accident, especially those involving claims against the government, is very complicated, so you must talk to a seasoned Bronx bus accident attorney who can evaluate your situation, determine the damages you can claim, and figure out the best strategy for your case.

You Have The Legal Right to Recover Non-Economic and Economic Damages

Damages are meant to make injured people whole or get them back to the state they were in before getting injured. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to recover non-economic and economic damages.

Non-Economic Damages

These are non-monetary damages that are difficult to quantify because they do not come with specific dollar amounts. These usually include:

  • Physical and mental pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of consortium or companionship
  • Scarring
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement

Economic Damages

These are monetary damages that come with specific dollar amounts and typically include:

  • Medical bills, including those you have already incurred and those expected in the future for long-term care
  • Lost past and future income
  • Property damage
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses, such as childcare, household help, home modifications, etc.

Your Bronx bus accident attorney will investigate the bus crash and work with your treating physicians, accident reconstruction experts, accountants, and other professionals to estimate and prove your damages. This will ensure that you receive a compensation amount that will cover all your losses.

Determining The Value of Your Damages

The following factors will affect the value of your damages and injury claim:

  • The type and severity of your injuries – Basically, claims involving life-changing injuries, like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, and other injuries that lead to impairments and disabilities, are usually worth more than claims involving minor injuries.
  • The liable party’s insurance coverage – The amount of compensation you can recover would be limited to the at-fault party’s liability insurance coverage limits. Rest assured that your attorney will determine all sources of compensation to ensure that you obtain maximum compensation.
  • Contributory negligence – According to New York’s contributory negligence rules, the level of fault you contributed to the accident (if applicable) might reduce your compensation.
  • The Evidence – The burden is on you to prove that the at-fault party caused your physical and emotional injuries.

Talk to a Skilled Bronx Bus Accident Attorney Now

Injured in a bus accident? Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another motorist that got hurt in a bus crash, the Bronx bus accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can help. We have extensive experience handling claims against private bus companies and government-owned bus companies and know what to do to secure the most favorable results for your case.

Contact us at 212-285-3300 or online to schedule your free case evaluation with our Bronx bus accident attorney.


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