Recovery from NYC Bus Drivers, MTA and Motor Coach Companies
Public buses provide an important form of transportation to millions of New Yorkers. In fact buses are the only means of transportation for many residents. Long-haul buses might be the only way to travel to locations outside the metro area. Sightseeing buses give tourists the opportunity to enjoy the city. School buses relieve some of the pressure from parents by getting their children to school safely.
Despite New Yorkers’ reliance upon public transportation, buses present substantial risks of injuries to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The long, top-heavy design is unwieldy to any driver who is not well trained, qualified and responsible. In addition, bus operators often cut corners on necessary repairs and operations.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has over 30 years of experience suing bus operators and drivers for serious injuries caused to other drivers, their passengers, pedestrians and bus passengers. If you were injured while getting on or off a bus, or during a bus accident, our legal team pursues the maximum possible compensation for you. We are here to help you.
Drivers face heavy fines and commercial license suspension for violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours of service (HOS) rules. The company may also be fined. Unfortunately, the driver’s sleep deprivation is usually only discovered once an accident has occurred.
Several New York City bus operators offer inexpensive routes to surrounding metropolitan cities, gambling casinos and other attractions in the area. The drivers typically make multiple long trips within a short period of time. To cut costs, long-distance busing companies shirk federal HOS regulations that limit drive time and work shifts and that mandate rest periods. They put pressure on drivers to make quick turnarounds without enough sleep to function safely.
Negligence of Bus Companies
When you climb onto a bus, you put your life in the hands of a stranger who you trust to drive safely. You also assume the vehicle is well maintained. However, bus companies often put profits ahead of safety by hiring unqualified drivers and allowing their fleets to fall into disrepair.
A New York City bus accident lawyer at our firm will investigate the role the bus company played in your accident and name the company in our lawsuit. Bus companies can be liable for the following:
- Hiring unqualified drivers and providing inadequate training
- Hiring drivers with a poor driving record who have had multiple citations and accidents
- Pressuring drivers to call or text while behind the wheel or to drive while sleep-deprived or sick
- Failing to make necessary repairs to their vehicles
Suing the MTA
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates the public bus system in New York City, Long Island and the Southeastern portion of New York. Different rules apply when you file a claim against a municipal agency, such as the MTA, than when you sue a private operator. There are shortened time limits within which to file a claim or lawsuit. You may only have 90 days from the date of accident to file a claim against the MTA and only 30 days to file a claim for no fault benefits to obtain money for reimbursement of your lost wages and payment of your medical bills.
Don’t Delay. Act Now! Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 1-888-575-6410. Our NYC bus accident attorneys have substantial experience pursuing injury and death claims against the MTA for pedestrian accidents and injuries to anyone.
Recover Damages from the Bus Operator and Driver
If you were injured by a bus, schedule your free appointment at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. by calling 1-888-575-6410. We have five locations in New York to serve you: Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis so if you desire you do not need to put up any funds for us to start work and you only pay us if we recover money for you.