Essex County Bus Accident Lawyer
Thousands of people ride the bus as their primary means of transportation, for various reasons. Generally, buses travel at relatively low speeds, and they are rather large vehicles, which is why usually, most people feel safe while riding them. However, the unfortunate reality is that bus accidents occur far more often than you may think. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared that there are roughly 15,000 bus accidents in the United States every single year. If you are someone who was recently injured in a bus accident in New Jersey, there is a very good chance that you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your lost wages, medical bills, and all other damages you’ve incurred as a result of the accident. Our firm is here to assist you. Please continue reading and contact an experienced Essex County bus accident lawyer at our firm today to learn more about what we can do for you.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents, like all other accidents, can happen for a wide array of reasons. That being said, when buses crash, several people are often injured as a result. Driving a bus is not easy, and all bus drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers safely arrive at their destinations, time and time again. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and all it takes is one negligent party to cause a very serious accident. Some of the most frequent causes of bus accidents in the state of New Jersey are as follows:
- Bus driver negligence
- Negligent motorists on the road
- Failure to maintain the bus
- Unsafe weather conditions
Oftentimes, other motorists and outside factors are the cause of bus accidents, however, you may believe that your accident was directly caused by your bus driver’s negligence. Some of the most common forms of bus driver negligence are as follows:
- Sudden stops and starts
- Unsafely discharging passengers
- Failing to account for the size of the bus when making turns
- Failing to stop the bus on time
- Failing to ensure the coast is clear before changing lanes/merging
If you were injured because your bus driver was doing any of the aforementioned at the time of your accident, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
Notice of Claim
If you are someone who has been injured in an accident, no matter the cause of your injuries, you will have to ensure that you file your lawsuit on time. Though the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, traditionally, two years, this is not the case when it comes to injuries sustained on property owned by a municipality. If you are injured on a bus that was operated by New Jersey Transit, or a bus used in a school district, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident, in accordance with the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. Filing this claim essentially informs the governmental entity that you plan on taking legal action against it, thereby waiving sovereign immunity. Time is of the essence when it comes to bus accident claims, which is why if you have been injured in a bus accident, the time to act is now. We are ready to help–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
Can a Bus Accident Lawyer Help Bring a Lawsuit?
Unfortunately, in many instances, suing bus companies for injuries proves to be far more challenging than suing individuals. This is in large part due to the fact that bus companies are prepared for such instances, and they can afford to retain expert legal counsel to combat your personal injury claim. However, our firm has extensive experience filing claims for those who have been injured in bus accidents, and we are ready to effectively fight for the compensation you deserve and need. There is no company too big for our firm to handle, and there is no injury too complicated for us to fight for. We are here to help you heal, no matter the circumstances.
Contact an Essex County Bus Accident Lawyer
After a bus accident, you should not have to pick up the pieces on your own. We know how frightening this time may be for you and your family, which is why we are here to assure you that when you pick our firm to represent your best interests, you will have peace of mind, knowing that we will fight, tooth-and-nail, for you right to heal while keeping you in the loop through every step of the claims process ahead. If you are ready to get started, contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC to schedule your initial consultation with an experienced Essex County bus accident lawyer today.