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Port Chester Bus Accident Lawyer

Buses can be a convenient way to get around Port Chester, New York, and the surrounding areas, and buses are an important and valuable resource for residents. However, they can also pose dangers to passengers and those driving or walking near them. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 156 buses were involved in fatal crashes in the United States in 2020. If you suffered injuries in a bus accident through no fault of your own, you deserve representation that will build a strong claim and fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve. 

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we understand the complicated nature of bus accident claims, and we have the skills and knowledge to take on the challenge. Our firm has over 65 years of combined experience successfully representing bus accident victims, so you can trust us to handle every aspect of your claim with respect and care. Our proven track record, unmatched legal services, and personalized solutions significantly improve your chance of obtaining your deserved compensation. We take a hands-on approach to every case by helping you understand the full scope of your claim and the decisions that need to be made to secure a positive outcome.

Who May Be Liable for a Port Chester Bus Accident?

One of the essential elements of a bus accident claim is identifying the responsible party or parties, and gathering evidence that proves their actions caused the crash and your injuries. After the incident, you may not remember who or what caused the accident, so our lawyers can listen to your story and secure crucial information to determine the liable party. Based on the details of your claim, potentially responsible parties include, just by way of example:

  • Bus driver and bus company: The bus driver may be liable if they failed to follow traffic laws, drove recklessly, or operated the bus while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In that case, the bus company that employs the bus driver will be held responsible for the driver’s actions.
  • Another driver: If another driver drove irresponsibly and caused the accident, they will likely be held responsible for the accident. 
  • Passenger: Perhaps a passenger on the bus distracted the driver and caused them to crash. In this case, the passenger may be held accountable for the accident and your injuries.
  • Manufacturer: If a defective part causes a bus accident, the manufacturer may be responsible.
  • Government agency and contractor: Government agencies are responsible for maintaining the roads they own, as are the road construction/maintenance companies. Therefore, if poor road conditions cause the accident, they could be held liable.

Once we determine who is responsible for the accident, we can collect evidence like witness testimony and surveillance footage to support our claims against them. Ultimately, we aim to seek justice and resolve your claim as favorably as possible.

Types of Compensable Damages in a New York Bus Accident Claim

After sustaining injuries in a bus accident due to someone else’s actions, you may worry about the physical, emotional, and financial effects they will have on your future. Our passionate lawyers understand the stresses of these injuries, so we fight tirelessly to secure compensable damages for your claim, such as:

Non-Economic Damages

These costs involve subjective non-monetary losses, which may include:

  • Pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

Due to their abstract nature, non-economic damages are more challenging to calculate accurately than economic damages. In listening to your story and using our knowledge and experience, we can determine your claim’s worth and fight for total compensation for these emotional losses.

Economic Damages

These types of damages refer to objective costs that can be calculated. These may include:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Loss of income and wages (past and future)
  • Surgery costs
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Prescribed medications
  • Property damages

Our attentive lawyers can help keep your bills and statements organized to ensure these damages get calculated accurately.

How a Lawyer Can Help With Your Port Chester Bus Accident Claim

Under New York law, bus accident victims generally have three years to file their claims, though this deadline may be far shorter in the event one or more of the wrongdoing parties is a municipal entity, in which case a notice of claim must be filed with the municipality within just 90 days of the accident and the complaint must be filed within a year and 90 days of the accident. While this may seem like plenty of time, you may find that recovery and the complicated process make it challenging to meet this deadline on your own. Fortunately, our lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are here to help you file your claim promptly so that you can recover compensation as quickly as possible. We handle all aspects of your claim, including:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident
  • Collecting and analyzing evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Identifying a liable party
  • Calculating your claim’s worth
  • Filing your claim properly in court
  • Utilizing resources like accident constructionists and medical professionals
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Taking your claim to trial if necessary

Contacting a lawyer after a bus accident allows you to take the time you need to recover while having the peace of mind that your claim is being handled effectively. We want to help you make the best decisions for your health and future, so our caring lawyers support you from start to finish. This way, you never feel alone and always stay informed about your claim.

Discuss Your Port Chester Bus Accident Claim With a Seasoned Lever & Ecker, PLLC, Lawyer

If you take a bus to work, school, or around the Port Chester area, you rely on those around you to care for your safety. When people neglect this duty and cause an accident and injuries, you have the right to file a claim and seek financial compensation. However, this is not easy to do alone. Our award-winning lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are here to help you hold the liable party accountable and achieve fair compensation using our top-notch negotiation and litigation skills.

While we try to settle your claim out of court, we are prepared to go to trial if necessary. With our 65+ years of experience in the industry, we have successfully handled all types of bus accident claims. Our attorneys understand every claim is different, so we create a unique legal plan for you based on your circumstances and needs. To schedule a free consultation, call (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632. You can also fill out our contact form.

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