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While buses are essential to every major city’s transportation system, they’re especially important in NYC. Buses provide around two million rides each day alone throughout the boroughs of NYC. In addition to city buses, numerous private bus companies operate on the same crowded roadways. Given these facts, it’s unsurprising that hundreds of bus accidents happen every year.
At Proner & Proner, our top-rated injury lawyers are here to fight for victims’ rights throughout NYC. We’ve established a proven track record of success by recovering over $400 million for accident victims to date—and we’re ready to put those skills to work in your case.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a bus accident in Manhattan, Brooklyn or elsewhere in NYC, you may be facing an uphill battle in your recovery. When you can’t work and are facing sky-high medical bills, you need the strongest legal team available by your side.
At Proner & Proner, we’ve been protecting bus accident victims’ rights in New York for over 50 years. Call Mitchell Proner and his team today to see how we can help hold the party that caused your NYC bus accident financially accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
NYC local and express buses take people to work, shopping destinations, and out on the town 24-hours a day. The most common causes of bus accidents in New York tend to mirror those that apply in other motor vehicle accidents. Traffic accidents are often caused by inattentive, drunk, or distracted drivers fail to pay enough attention to the rules of the road.
Some of the most common causes of NYC bus accidents involve a bus driver who:
In some cases, another organization’s negligence may be the direct cause of the accident. Examples of situations where a non-driver might be responsible include:
Even when a bus accident is labeled an “accident”, it may not be truly “accidental”. Many bus accidents in New York are caused by another person’s negligence. Our skilled injury lawyers are here to help bus accident victims determine who is liable and explore their legal options.
All buses operating on the streets of New York are owned by some type of corporation or organization. Even though many bus accidents in the city are caused by some type of driver negligence, it’s that entity that will usually be held financially responsible. That entity may be:
Under New York employment laws, these owners are the entities who will be held responsible for a negligent bus driver’s actions. The variety of owners and operators that may be involved can create complications with insurance claims. You might also be subject to a very short timeline for filing a claim if it’s necessary to file a claim against a public transportation authority.
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident or pedestrian accident, an insurance company might quickly approach you with a cash settlement offer. As tempting as this may seem, it’s important to first call an experienced accident lawyer to make sure you’re getting the full compensation award you deserve.
A fair compensation award for serious bus accident injuries should account for:
When you are seriously injured because of the misconduct or negligent behavior of a bus driver or third party, you may have the right to financial compensation. Even though you are the victim, you are also the party who must take action to learn about your rights and legal options.
At Proner & Proner, our accident lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way to help you understand all the complications that can arise in your case. We have over 50 years’ experience investigating bus accidents in New York City. We know how challenging it can be to file a claim against public transportation authorities like the MTA. We also know what you’re going through personally as a bus accident victim.
We’re dedicated to our fight to recover maximum compensation for New York bus accident victims. To schedule your free case evaluation, call or contact us online today.
The available evidence will vary depending upon the circumstances and the type of bus involved. For example, many private charter buses have video systems that show both the passengers and the driver. We will also fight to obtain the bus company’s safety, driver training and maintenance records. Because many bus accident injuries are serious, we also have to estimate your future costs. We have the resources to get help from respected financial and medical professionals to make sure your future costs are covered.
In MTA public transportation accident claims, you only have 90 days to file an initial claim for compensation. This is a much shorter time frame than the one that normally applies in personal injury claims. Even if you’re still recovering from your injuries, contact us so that we can get started working on your claim right away.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.