Determining Bus Accident Liability
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation. However, determining bus accident liability can be difficult without the help of an experienced New York bus accident lawyer.
Determining Bus Accident Liability | Negligence
Of course, it’s normal to think that the passengers of the bus are the ones who are most often injured in a bus accident. While that can and does happen, victims of bus accidents can also be pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, passenger vehicle drivers, and passengers.
Like other accidents that fall under the umbrella of personal injury, New York bus accidents require a legal concept known as negligence. This means that person A has a legal duty of some kind to person B. If person A does not fulfill their legal duty and person B is hurt because of it, there may be a legal claim for negligence against person A.
Of course, that’s a very simple explanation. In reality, it’s not always that simple to determine liability. With bus accidents, there are multiple parties who may carry at least some liability for the accident including bus drivers, a private company, the city, or a company that manufactured a defective part that was installed. These are just examples of potential defendants. A New York bus accident lawyer plays an important role because their job is to help the victim and their family sort out the facts, protect the best interests of the victim, and ensure that the victim is treated fairly.
Bus drivers may be at least partially responsible for the accident if they didn’t receive proper training, are engaged in distracted driving, drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (even if it is a medication they were prescribed), or commit a traffic violation. The bus company or the city may be at least partially responsible for the accident if they didn’t perform proper and timely maintenance on the bus involved, weren’t following the laws, didn’t adequately train their drivers, or didn’t hire drivers who are properly qualified.
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Were you or a loved one injured while riding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in a bus or taking a bus tour of New York? Contact an experienced New York bus accident lawyer at Krause & Glassmith today to protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.