New York Bus Accident Lawyer
Our NY Bus accident attorneys obtained the #1 verdict in New York State in 2018 for a pedestrian who was injured in a double-decker bus accident in Manhattan. The jury awarded a record setting $85 million to the victim: $45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering. The victim sustained 11 surgical operations, 9 of them during 78 days of hospitalization.
Every year, thousands of people are killed or sustain serious injuries in accidents involving buses. Tragically, many of these accidents are the result of negligent bus drivers and their employers. These accidents can result from poor driving, including the failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, as well as other violations of the relevant vehicle and traffic laws. Some accidents also involve the failure to properly maintain and/or equip the involved bus.Case Study of a Bicyclist Struck by a Bus in New York
In bus accident cases, it is imperative to be fully knowledgeable as to the type of bus involved in the accident and the equipment installed in the bus. For example, in most cross country tour buses, the buses are installed with video cameras. These cameras not only show the road ahead but the driver as well. It is therefore crucial that the attorney investigates the bus involved in the accident to determine whether such video cameras were installed. A demand for production of videos must be made upon the defendant bus attorneys. A deposition of the defendant bus driver should never be taken until the videos are produced.
In a recent case involving a cross country tour bus, our NYC bus accident attorneys demanded the videos. They were finally produced on the eve of the deposition. The videos clearly showed the bus driver not looking at the roadway and going through a red light prior to striking a bicyclist who was attempting to cross the street at the crosswalk. Following the cross examination at the deposition of the bus driver with regard to the video, the defendant conceded liability. The case was settled for $1.4 million despite the fact that the injured plaintiff had made a full recovery.
The video that was produced can be seen on the right. To read a transcript of the deposition of the defendant bus driver click here.Knowledgeable and Experienced Nyc Bus Accident Attorney
For a case to be successfully prosecuted, it is paramount for the victim or his or her family or loved one to choose a New York bus accident attorney with an intimate knowledge of the laws and rules affecting buses. Additionally, comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Motor Vehicle Standards, the Smith Method of Driving and the internal Rules and Regulations of each of the bus companies is essential. The driver disciplinary process is also unique as are the standards for admission of reports done by the applicable public safety boards. In order to ensure important eyewitnesses are located, drivers interviewed, and physical evidence preserved, the NYC bus accident attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf initiates an independent investigation process as soon as possible when seeking damages for a bus accident.
If necessary, we also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many bus accident cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. In order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for injury victims.Cases of Note
- Record setting $85,000,000 verdict for a man who was hit by a tour bus in Manhattan. The victim was hospitalized for 78 days and had 11 operations
- $27,500,000 verdict for a female pedestrian struck by an MTA bus, resulting in the loss of her leg. This is the largest verdict for such an injury in New York State history.
- $15,000,000 for an elementary school student who sustained serious injury in a school bus accident
- $12,000000 settlement for a bicyclist struck and run over by an MTA bus.
- $10,000,000 settlement for a legally blind 51 year old woman struck by a bus while waiting at the Hempstead bus terminal.
- $7,000,000 settlement for a 68 year old New Jersey man who was struck by a Town of Parsippany bus while he was crossing the street.
- $4,000,000 settlement for an attorney who suffered degloving injury after being struck by a bus on his way home.
- $3,500,000 settlement for a 35-year-old woman who sustained an open leg fracture and degloving injury after she was struck by a bus while crossing the street
- $3,025,000 for the family of a 35 year old housekeeper killed by a bus.
- $1,550,000 for a woman hit by a hit-and-run New Jersey Transit bus which was found by forensic evidence.
- $1,000,000 settlement (full policy) for a pedestrian who was struck by a school bus.
Buses pose concerns for pedestrians and cyclists due to their size. In April of the current year, the NYPD received 245 reports of bus accidents in New York City. This figure is relatively low compared to the 330 bus accidents reported in March 2023 and the 316 accidents reported in April of the previous year. The number of bus accidents raises safety issues, emphasizing the need for precautions and measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists in close proximity to buses.
The New York bus accident attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf advocate for our clients' full financial recovery through detailed, meticulous preparation for trial. If you have been injured in a bus accident, please contact our firm at 212-943-1090 to discuss your case.
Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matter.