Brooklyn Bus Accident Attorneys
When you face substantial bus accident injuries in Brooklyn, you may need legal help to navigate your personal injury claim and ensure that you do not miss out on much-deserved compensation.
Working with an experienced personal injury attorney, especially one who works in Brooklyn—like Jacoby & Meyers, LLP—can offer many benefits. Many clients find that working with our bus attorneys substantially increases the compensation that they ultimately recover for their injuries, especially when dealing with a reluctant insurance company. Not only that, our bus accident attorneys can provide much-needed guidance and peace of mind as you file your personal injury claim.
So if you suffer injuries in a bus accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your expenses and your injuries. Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today to speak to your personal injury lawyer after a bus accident.
How Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, Can Help
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have a solid history of successful personal injury claims in Brooklyn and the surrounding area. For example, after a runaway school bus accident, we helped the family of the victim obtain a $5.7 million jury verdict.
We also helped the family of a young girl after her school bus driver ran over her foot and left her significantly scarred.
These results cannot guarantee a favorable result in your claim; however, we endeavor to provide all of our clients with trustworthy, determined service that can help them maximize the compensation they receive for their injuries.
“Great experience with skilled legal individuals that know what they are doing.” -Nesha G.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
In Brooklyn, the B46 line alone carries more than 44,000 passengers every day. Not only do Brooklyn buses help riders reach work, school, and leisure activities, but buses also provide smoother transit along city streets; since buses contain a large percentage of the people moving from place to place, it helps prevent snarls and traffic jams along the city’s streets.
Along with the benefits of buses, however, comes substantial risk. Driver fatigue, inattention, or reckless behavior can quickly cause accidents, and since the average bus weighs as much as 44,000 pounds when fully loaded, it can cause serious damage to everyone involved in the accident.
Bus accidents can cause severe injuries for their victims due to the heavy weight of the bus. Passenger vehicles, with their smaller mass, serve as little protection in serious bus accidents. Not only that, bus drivers can easily lose track of pedestrians and cyclists in the buses’ blind spots, increasing the risks for everyone who uses Brooklyn’s streets.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Victims who suffer traumatic brain injury experience severe trauma to the head during the accident, causing injury not only to the surface of the body, but also to the delicate tissue of the brain within. Traumatic brain injury can heal over time or, in the case of severe traumatic brain injury, linger. Even minor traumatic brain injury can leave victims with substantial deficits more than a year after the accident.
Victims may experience:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty committing things to short-term memory
- Struggles when pulling up memories from long-term memory
- Sleep disturbances, including both insomnia and excessive sleep
- Depression and anxiety
- Extreme emotional reactions to common events
- Struggle to regulate emotions appropriately
- Cognitive difficulties
- Changes in focus and concentration, especially on mundane tasks
Victims of traumatic brain injury may require long-term care and observation. In many cases, they cannot return to work or take care of normal home responsibilities on their own due to the extent of their injuries.
Spinal Cord Damage
When the spinal cord severs completely in an accident, it usually leaves the victim paralyzed below the site of the injury. Victims may also struggle with organ function and loss of sensation below the injury. The severity of the paralysis and loss of function may depend on the location of the injury: the higher on the spine the injury occurs, the greater the overall extent of the damage.
Even incomplete spinal cord injury, in which the spinal cord does not sever completely, can cause loss of motor function and leave victims struggling to get around or complete normal responsibilities on their own. Many victims of spinal cord damage require extensive physical and occupational therapy to learn how to live within the limitations of their injuries; victims may struggle to return to work or normal activities.
When a bus accident punctures the gas tank or causes damage to the engine of either vehicle, it can greatly increase the risk of a fire. When fire results from a serious accident, it can result in serious burn damage to the victims, especially if they remain trapped in the vehicle for a period of time. A burn accident can cause a great deal of pain and suffering for accident victims. Burn victims also have a higher risk of infection and complication than victims who suffer from a wide range of other injury types.
During the accident itself, the force of the bus striking another vehicle can cause amputation at the time of the accident. In some cases, this alone can amputate limbs: fingers, hands, arms, and legs. Other victims suffer such severe crushing damage that doctors must remove a limb following the accident. Amputation can also occur when the accident restricts or cuts off blood flow to the limb, causing tissue to necrotize. Victims of amputation must often relearn how to perform common tasks, including walking, eating, or taking care of themselves, depending on the limb lost in the accident.
A single broken bone can leave accident victims struggling to get around or take care of responsibilities at home or at work. Multiple broken bones, which often result from serious accidents, not only complicate the treatment and recovery process, but also they can make it more difficult for victims to get around and take care of themselves following their accidents. In many cases, victims with broken bones cannot return to work or enjoy normal leisure activities following their injuries.
Soft Tissue Damage
Many victims of bus accidents, even if they do not appear to have serious injuries at the scene of the accident, walk away with sprains and strains that can cause substantial trouble during the recovery process. Some victims with ligament and tendon damage cannot perform their normal job responsibilities due to pain or weakness from the injury. Others may require surgery to repair damaged ligaments and tendons.
Who Bears Liability for a Bus Accident?
If the driver of a bus becomes distracted, drinks or uses drugs while on the clock, or drives recklessly, it can quickly lead to an accident. When you suffer injuries in a bus accident, however, you should work with an attorney to uncover all of the entities that may share liability for your accident. Potential defendants may include:
- The bus company. In some cases, a bus company may require its bus driver to work excessive hours or to come in to work while ill, injured, or inebriated. If the bus company has working conditions that may contribute to increased accident risk, the company may share liability for your injuries. You may also want to seek compensation from the bus company if it continues to employ a driver who has caused multiple accidents in the past or who has regularly put passengers in the bus and others on the road at risk. The bus company also bears responsibility for properly maintaining the bus so that it can safely travel city streets.
- The bus manufacturer. When a mechanical failure, including brake failure, tire blowouts, or engine trouble, causes a bus accident, the manufacturer of the failing part may carry the blame. Vehicle manufacturers, including manufacturers of vehicle parts and tires, must carry out quality assurance testing that helps protect the individuals who use that bus and others on the road. When a part fails due to manufacturer error, the company that made the faulty part may share liability for the accident.
How Much Compensation Will You Receive for Bus Accident Injuries?
Most bus companies or drivers carry high levels of liability insurance to help provide compensation for accident victims. These policies, however, still have limits. The compensation you receive for your injuries will depend on:
- Who caused your accident? While the bus driver may appear to bear immediate liability for your accident, you may need to seek compensation from multiple parties, depending on who caused or contributed to the accident. Seeking compensation from more than one liable entity can help increase the total compensation that you receive for your injuries.
- How many people suffered injuries in your accident? In many accidents, multiple parties suffer injury—especially bus accidents, which can involve more people and vehicles than a standard traffic accident. When multiple parties suffer injury, the limits of the bus driver’s insurance policy may kick in sooner, limiting the compensation that each party can receive.
- What did your injuries cost you? To determine the amount of compensation that you can receive for your injuries, you must take a look at the financial impact that the accident had on your life. If you suffered severe injuries, and therefore required extensive medical treatment, you may receive more in compensation than someone who suffered comparatively minor injuries in the accident. When calculating your financial expenses related to the accident, you will work with your attorney to include:
Medical expenses. Following severe injuries, many victims see substantial medical expenses. Set aside all medical bills related to the accident so that you can include them in your request for compensation. Medical bills include:
- Bills for emergency treatment, including ambulance transport, if needed
- The cost of any medical procedures related to your accident
- Hospitalization, including a stay in the ICU or special care units, like those used for burn victims
- A stay in a long-term care facility, if needed to aid in your recovery
- The cost of durable medical equipment, including mobility aids and prosthetic devices, to help you get around. Amputation victims should consider the cost of replacing prosthetics, since most prosthetic devices need replacement every three to five years—and they’re pretty expensive to begin with.
- Therapies needed to help you resume your normal daily life. This includes physical, occupational, and psychological therapy.
- The cost of modifying your home to compensate for your injuries and allow more independence. You may need to add a wheelchair ramp, widen doorways, or modify your bathroom so that it will accommodate your injuries.
Lost wages. When you suffer severe injuries in a bus accident, you may miss time at work. Many victims cannot return to work until they make a full recovery, depending on the extent of their injuries. Other victims struggle to return to work on a full-time basis, requiring modifications that allow them to work from home or on a limited schedule. You may also need to miss work for therapy and follow-up appointments, as well as procedures to help you recover from your injuries. All of those lost wages can leave you scrambling to pay your usual bills, especially when you run out of sick time.
Lost earning potential. Some victims of bus accidents do not just lose multiple hours at work due to their injuries. They may lose the ability to work in their former capacity at all. Victims of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or amputation often have to change the direction of their career plans following a severe bus accident. Claiming lost earning potential can help you seek new employment opportunities, even if you need to return to school or acquire further professional certifications.
Pain and suffering. Physical pain from your bus accident injuries can impact many areas of your life. Not only that, but also many bus accident victims find themselves struggling with serious psychological complications from the accident, including lost relationships and a feeling of isolation due to the inability to get out immediately after the accident. Talking with a lawyer can help you quantify and define your pain and suffering.
Do You Need a Brooklyn Bus Accident Attorney?
If you suffered injuries in a Brooklyn bus accident, having an attorney on your side can reduce your stress and leave you better able to handle your bus accident claim. Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today via chat, at (877) 565-2993, or you may write to us for a free case evaluation.