Using public transportation can be a great way to save money or reduce your carbon footprint; however, it can also be dangerous. Bus accidents affect people across the country each year. If you’re involved in an accident, here’s what you need to know.
BUS ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK
Public transportation can be a fantastic way to get around your city. In fact, according to the American Public Transportation Fact Book, in 2016, passengers traveled more than 58 billion miles using public transportation in the United States. Buses today are designed to be comfortable and easy for passengers to use. Most buses include handicap-accessible options and many also include amenities such as Wi-Fi or bike racks. It’s important to understand, however, that riding the bus does carry with it certain risks. Like any motor vehicle, it’s possible for a bus to be involved in an accident. An accident could be minor or it could be quite serious. Before you ride the bus in your city, there are a few things you need to know.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident while riding the bus, make sure you document the incident as carefully as possible. You need to seek medical care for any injuries you may experience as promptly as you can. You should also speak with the police to make sure the accident is carefully documented. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of the accident. Note the date, time, and location the accident occurred, as this information will be vital later on, especially when it comes to determining the statute of limitations for the accident. Always meet with an attorney promptly, as well, to talk about your options for seeking compensation.
PREVENTING BUS ACCIDENTS
While no one can completely prevent automobile accidents, it’s possible to reduce your risk by choosing reputable bus lines who have their vehicles serviced on a regular basis. This can help minimize the chance of a flat tire or vehicle malfunction that can lead to an accident. If you are a pedestrian or cyclist in a busy city, make sure you wear safety gear and pay attention to your surroundings. Always follow the rules of the road in order to minimize your chances of colliding with a bus.
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages may be awarded to you in order to help you cover your associated medical expenses. Additionally, if you have lost wages or been fired from your job due to your accident, you may be entitled to further compensation. An auto accident attorney can help you during this time, so call today to schedule your consultation. Whether your bus accident happened today or a few months ago, don’t hesitate to reach out and seek assistance from an attorney who can guide you through the legal process after your accident.
INVOLVED IN BUS ACCIDENT? TALK TO CHIARIELLO & CHIARIELLO
Whether you’re hurt traveling in a bus or involved in a crash with a bus, the attorneys at Chiariello & Chiariello are here for you. We represent clients across Queens, Long Island, NYC, and surrounding areas in a full range of personal injury matters. Talk to us at (516) 407-7717 today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.