Queens Bus Accident Lawyer
As far as automobile accidents go, bus accidents are not as common as passenger vehicle accidents. However, they can easily be more catastrophic and injurious to passengers. Bus accidents can involve dozens of people at once, with no safety belts to prevent serious injury. Buses are prone to rollover accidents, especially if a driver takes a curve too quickly or another car strikes the side of the bus with great force. Often, the bus driver is responsible for accidents due to driver distraction, inattention, drowsiness, or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you or your loved ones have been injured in a bus accident, our Queens bus accident attorneys can help you fight for compensation – call our office for a one-on-one free evaluation.
Bus Crash Fatalities in U.S.
Bus Driver and Company Responsibilities
Although bus drivers carry the responsibility of caring for the safety of dozens of passengers at once, they are still only human. Unfortunately, this means they are prone to human errors, just like other motorists. Bus drivers can be under time constraints and pressure to reach a destination according to a schedule, leading them to drive longer than they safely should. Driver drowsiness accounted for an estimated 846 fatalities in 2014. The true number is most likely higher, as it is difficult to tell if drowsiness contributed to a crash.
Another major factor driving bus accident rates is driver distraction. If a driver takes his or her eyes off the roadway to send a text, check email, or even dial a phone, it can put the lives of the passengers at risk. In New York, drivers cannot use handheld mobile devices for any reason while driving. Commercial drivers have additional restrictions, making it illegal to make a phone call or text while the bus is temporarily stationary. Despite these laws, many bus drivers let their phones distract them while driving, leading to terrible accidents.
Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) also contributes to bus accidents annually. Commercial drivers are guilty of DUI if caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.04% or higher in New York – half the legal amount for noncommercial motorists. Drivers under the influence of drugs may also be responsible for damages if the drug use contributed to the crash.
Companies that own tour buses, private buses, school buses, charter buses, and party buses are legally responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles and the proper training of drivers. If a maintenance-related parts malfunction or improper driver training causes an accident, the courts can hold the bus company responsible. Victims of a bus accident can sue the driver, the company responsible for the driver, and/or the government in charge of the bus. For example, in the event of an accident on a public bus in Queens, New York City Transit may be responsible.
Contact our Experienced Queens Bus Accident Attorney
After a bus accident, gather as much evidence as you can about your case. This includes collecting police reports, your medical bills and records, photos of the accident if possible, and the contact information of everyone involved. The more information you gather at the time of the accident, the better your chances will be of obtaining compensation for injuries. Once you’ve sought medical attention for your injuries, contact the Queens injury lawyers at Omrani & Taub, to see if you can file a claim against the bus driver or company.
Our personal injury attorneys will sit with you and discuss your case in detail, coming to your home or hospital night or day. We offer free initial consultations for all personal injury cases. We’ll tell you what your rights and options are depending on your situation and help you fight against negligent bus drivers or companies for fair financial recovery. Bus accidents can be incredibly damaging and complex. Don’t hesitate to call our Queens office at (718) 714-1515 and speak with us today.