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Bronx School Bus Accident Lawyer

As you watch your child board the school bus in the morning, you trust that they will arrive at their school or other destination safely. Unfortunately, sometimes the unthinkable happens, and you may get a call informing you that your child was injured in an accident. The careless or reckless behavior of school bus drivers, or other drivers, can result in injuries to your child and other children on the bus.

If your child or someone else close to you was injured in a school bus accident in the Bronx, having an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner is essential. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys are passionate about protecting accident victims’ rights in the Bronx and are ready to apply our ample experience and skills to your case. Our lawyers have a 99% success rate and are prepared to take your case to trial to secure the maximum compensation available on your behalf. 

Who May Be Liable for School Bus Accidents in the Bronx?

While many New Yorkers assume that school bus accidents are always the bus driver’s fault, this is not always true. Several other parties may be involved and at fault, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. You may have grounds to file a claim against the bus driver and other individuals and entities responsible for the accident. A few different parties that may bear liability in a school bus accident include:

  • School bus drivers
  • School bus manufacturers
  • Private contractors that provide transportation services to the school
  • The school district
  • The bus owner 
  • Parts manufacturers
  • Third parties hired to perform bus repairs and maintenance
  • Other drivers on the road
  • Government entities responsible for road maintenance

In some school bus accident cases, more than one party may be responsible for the collision. An experienced Bronx attorney can investigate your case and work to uncover the cause of your accident and who may be liable. 

Possible Damages Available After a Bronx School Bus Accident

Since school buses are massive vehicles, accidents can cause severe, life-altering injuries. In the wake of an accident, victims often suffer severe physical, emotional, and financial burdens due to their injuries. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident in the Bronx, you deserve compensation for the full extent of your injuries and other losses. Some damages the skilled attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC may be able to recover include:

  • Pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages and income (past and future, if applicable)
  • Significant disfigurement or disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Our lawyers recognize that school bus accidents impact each victim differently. We will work with you to understand the impact of the injuries when determining the total value of your claim. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a School Bus Accident Claim in the Bronx?

All states abide by a time limit for filing lawsuits, known as the statute of limitations. In New York, while the statute of limitations is typically three years from the date of an accident, and two years in cases involving wrongful death, the time limit is often far shorter in bus accident cases, particularly those in which municipalities (such as school districts) are involved. In instances involving municipalities, a document called a Notice of Claim must be served on the municipality within just 90 days after the accident, and the action must then be filed (commenced) within one year and ninety days of the accident.  

Given these complicated and differing deadlines, it is in your best interests to act sooner rather than later to protect your rights and the success of your claim by contacting a lawyer familiar with these deadlines. Further, important evidence may be lost or ruined over time, and key witnesses may forget essential details about your accident. When you retain a skilled lawyer from Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we will work quickly to investigate the accident, make an effort to preserve essential evidence to support your case, and timely file and serve the necessary documents to the proper parties. 

Discuss Your Case With a Skilled School Bus Accident Attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

If your child or someone you care for was injured in a school bus accident in the Bronx or the surrounding areas, you may feel understandably lost and confused. The award-winning attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, understand how challenging the aftermath of an accident is and can inform you of your rights in the wake of the accident. We are dedicated to handling every aspect of your claim so you can focus on yourself and your family during this challenging time.

With our 65+ years of combined experience, we will do our best to retrieve your compensation by all means possible, including by taking your case to court if need be. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a seasoned legal professional, call us at (718) 933-3632 or complete our contact form today.

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