When you step onboard a bus or train, the last thing you’re likely thinking of is getting into an accident. However, public transportation accidents are actually very common and the results often devastating.
The bus, subway, and railway are all integral parts of life in New York City, more so than in many other places around the country. When mass transit vehicles have accidents, many innocent victims can become injured, resulting in pain and suffering, costly medical bills, and lost wages.
Bus Accidents in New York City
Unfortunately, there are many MTA accidents that have recently made headlines in the news in the five boroughs. In November 2015, a pedestrian was killed by an express MTA bus while walking in Brooklyn and crossing in the middle of a block on Ocean Avenue between J and K Avenues.
Earlier that month, a woman was killed at Main Street and Kissena Boulevard in Queens by a casino bus that struck her. That bus was operated by Skyliner Bus Travel & Tours and later spotted in Connecticut. Another recent case in NYC involved a man who was fatally struck by a bus after getting out of a cab. The MTA bus was traveling through the Bronx and hit the 23-year-old man who was getting out of the cab because he felt sick.
Many recent accidents have involved pedestrians but other types of accidents are very possible as well. These are some of the types of public transportation accidents that cause bodily harm to unsuspecting riders.
- Subway platform or stairs accidents
- Subway accidents
- Intoxicated, over-medicated or distracted bus or train operators
- City bus collisions
- Charter or Tour bus accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Pedestrian accident cases involving city or private buses
- School bus accident cases
- Poorly maintained buses or trains
Your Rights after MTA Accidents
Many people who are involved in bus accidents mistakenly believe that they do not have legal rights against the at-fault party involved. In the state of New York, all buses are required to carry no-fault insurance, which could compensate you for damages you’ve suffered because of the accident. Additionally, pedestrians are covered for up to $50,000 for medical bills and lost wages by the New York City Transit Authority; however, medical bills for serious injuries often exceed this amount.
What to Do after a Bus Accident
As with any accident that results in injuries, the first thing to do after you’re involved in a bus accident is to seek medical attention immediately. Also make sure to report the accident to local law enforcement. If you are able, document what you can at the accident scene, including the names and contact information of the driver, other passengers, and witnesses. As you begin to heal, get copies of all of your medical records and take down notes and personal statements from friends and family members who are knowledgeable about your condition.
If you have been in a bus accident and are injured, it’s a smart idea to consult an attorney to ensure that you are fairly compensated for damages you’ve suffered please call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum at 718-237-5586. MTA accident lawyers may be able to assist you with your public transportation claim. Avoid disclosing information to insurance companies until you’ve discussed the situation with your attorney and understand your options. But don’t delay, because bus accident lawsuits have a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time that you have to file a claim.