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New York Bus Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in a New York Bus Accident?

Our New York Bus Accident Lawyer at Finz & Finz, P.C. are ready to help you receive compensation for your injuries. When involved in a bus accident or crash, due to the lack of exits available, unavoidable injuries can occur. These injuries will need immediate attention to ensure the safety of the individual. Bus crash injuries can be costly, and one of our experienced lawyers can help you seek compensation for your financial losses, medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. Contact our New York Bus Accident Lawyer for more information on recovering your rightful compensation!

Bus Accidents in America

Buses are often a reliable form of transportation for those who are unable to drive or are without access to a motor vehicle. There are more than 30,000 commercial buses in operation across the United States. With public transportation so readily available throughout the country, more than 360 million bus passengers each year take advantage of public transportation.

Unfortunately, with the increasing numbers of drivers and passengers on the road, the risk of being involved in an accident has also increased. Studies of accident data have accounted for 141 motorcoach accidents which caused 21 deaths and 442 injuries between 1993 and 1997. Between 1987 and 1996, motor coaches that traveled across long distances (interstate travel) had an average fatality rate of 4.3 passenger deaths per year.

Bus Accident Data

From 2003 to 2005, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that an average of 282 fatal crashes involved passenger buses. During that same time, more than 9,000 buses were involved in non-fatal crashes each year. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in a New York bus crash, contact our New York Bus Accident Lawyer today for more information on receiving rightful compensation for your loss. We know that no amount money will be able cover the loss of your loved one, but we also know that a fatality can cause many unwanted financial burdens upon a family. Finz & Finz, P.C. can help you recover compensation to ensure your families financial stability.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines a bus as any motor vehicle designed to transport more than eight people, including the driver. Crashes are considered fatal for any crash where at least one person dies within 30 days of the crash. The fatality does not have to occur at the scene of the crash, and it includes any person involved in the crash, including pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as occupants of the passenger cars, trucks, and buses. Crashes are considered to be non-fatal where one or more person is injured and requires transportation by a vehicle for the purpose of obtaining immediate medical attention; or one or more of the vehicles were towed away from the scene due to "disabling damage". The towed vehicle need not be the truck or bus involved in the crash.

Child Safety and Bus Accidents

An average of 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States. Thus, school buses are a cause of special alarm when it comes to the safety of children. Due to the size of a school bus, a crash or collision can cause serious injury like other bus accidents. Because of a lack of restraint systems and seatbelts, 12,000 children are injured each year in school bus accidents. Although the injuries are usually minor, some school bus accidents have caused fatal injuries, killing an average of 11 children per year.

Types of Bus-Related Injuries

There are many contributing factors contributing factors to bus accidents such as driver negligence, inadequate safety restraints, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products, and improper maintenance. All may be possible causes to severe accidents that lead to serious and even fatal injuries.

Bus accident injuries are similar to injuries sustained in many motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can include

  • brain injuries
  • brain damage
  • whiplash
  • spinal cord injuries
  • concussions
  • sprains
  • fractures
  • abrasions
  • internal and soft tissue injuries
  • burn injuries

Legal Help for Bus Accident Victims

Have you or a loved one experienced pain and suffering due to an injury caused by a New York accident? You can seek compensation for your losses by contacting Finz & Finz, P.C. Contact our New York Bus Accident Lawyer today by filling out a Free Case Evaluation of calling (855) TOP-FIRM.

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Bus accidents are always dangerous.  School buses are often held to lower safety standards than other passenger vehicles, relying on superior mass to dissipate the force of accidents.  This is often successful at lower speeds, as a small car hitting a bus will inflict massively more damage on the smaller vehicle than the larger.  But at higher speeds, there is too much force for even a large school bus to absorb it safely.

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The extent to which bus drivers in New York State drive under the influence is sadly unknowable, as only incidents that result in an accident or dangerous enough driving to be pulled over by the police can be charted.  Though parents may have suspicions, forcing the district to follow through on those suspicions can be hard.

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Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Had Long History of Infractions

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The video of a school bus full of children attempting to cross multiple lanes of traffic is ready available online.  The incident occurred in New Jersey on May 17th, 2018, during a field trip. The driver had missed an exit, and rather than let GPS determine an alternate route, he attempted to quickly change course.  The decision was disastrous, resulting in an accident that left 40 injured and two people dead.

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Stay Informed When Travelling by Charter Bus

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A charter bus returning from an unofficial school trip struck an overpass on the New Jersey Turnpike on April 9th, 2018.  The bus was traveling on Long Island when the driver failed to account for the low clearances in the area.  The top of the bus was sheared off, leaving dozens of teenagers injured and terrified by what was happening around them. The driver was commercially licensed but not experienced in the locale, but was using a non-commercial grade GPS that fails to provide information on clearances.  Using proper equipment is an important first step in safety, but equipment alone will not keep you safe.

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Unsafe Tour Bus Practices Post Danger to Passengers

October 02, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you were to sit down and design the most unsafe situation for a passenger on a tour bus, you would look at three things: the driver, the bus, and the environment.  Evaluating each, you would determine what details each might possess that would increase the risk of a dangerous accident occurring.  And, even if you tried, you might fail to create a situation as dangerous as the one that left 3 dead and 18 injured in New York City on September 18, 2017.

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The bus is an American staple, used to transport millions of people every year.  With their large capacity, buses can be the ideal choice for a variety of different situations.  When driving the highways or even just making a quick trip to the supermarket, buses are a common sight, with many of us sharing the roads with them on a weekly basis.

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When a terrible incident in Seattle, Washington on September 27th, 2015 left 50 people injured and four people dead, authorities immediately searched for an answer.  A duck boat, a special type of amphibious tour vehicle in the area, had collided with a bus, but no one was initially certain what went wrong.  Federal investigators were dispatched to the scene to see if they could determine the cause of the accident.

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