Have you been injured in a bus crash and are seeking legal assistance? Check out these 3 bus accident tips, then call our New York lawyer now.
1. Bus Accidents and Insurance Companies
If you’re here, chances are you were involved in an accident while on a bus or you were in a car involved in an accident with the bus. You may get a phone call from the bus company asking you questions about what happened, wanting you to make a statement, wanting to discuss your injuries. My advice to them is to seek competent council. Sit down with an attorney; the attorney will advise you as to what you should or shouldn’t be doing. You certainly should not be dealing directly with the bus company, and you should not be dealing directly with the bus company’s insurance carrier.
2. Bus Accident Settlement Offers
I just got a call from a client the other day who was in a bus accident about a week earlier. She said to me, “I was on the phone with the insurance carrier for the bus company and they offered me a couple of bucks. Should I take the offer?” I first asked her, “Well, tell me about the case. What happened?” She told me that she was on a bus, that the bus operator went through a red light, and they were hit by a car heading across the intersection. She told me that she immediately had pain in her shoulder, her knees, her neck and her back, and that she went to the hospital and she’s begun the course of treatment with a medical facility. I told her, “You need to come to the office right away and don’t take that offer.” What often happens is that the insurance carriers, they want to get the case resolved as cheaply as possible and as fast as possible before the individual seeks the advice of counsel. They want to do it because they know if the individual takes the offer, they’re going to sign documents and they’ll never be able to file a claim down the road regarding the accident. The answer to the question is no. You want to seek the advice of counsel. Let an attorney get involved. Let an attorney communicate with the insurance carrier to make sure that you get the compensation that you’re entitled to.
3. Bus Accident Statute of Limitations
If you’re here, chances are you were involved in an accident while on a bus. If you suffered an injury, I’m sorry to hear that and I hope you’re getting the medical attention that you need. People often ask me when they can file a claim and who they file the claim with. The answer can be complicated. It depends on who the bus company is. Are they a city-run company, like the transit authority, New York City Transit Authority, or are they privately owned? If it’s the city, you need to file a notice of claim as quickly as possible, but it must be done within a 90-day period. When I say the city, I’m talking about the New York City Transit Authority type of a case. If it’s a privately owned bus company, then you have a longer period. You also have to be aware that there are other guidelines. There are no fault benefits that you might be entitled to, and you want to make sure that you get a no fault application to the proper party. No fault covers you for your economic loss, your medical expenses, and your lost wages.
Were you or a loved one badly injured in a crash with or on public transportation and have questions about these 3 bus accident tips? Contact a New York bus accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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