About 55 passengers were aboard a Manhattan-bound bus traveling between Baltimore and New York City when a sudden stop resulted in a passenger going through the front windshield. The bus accident occurred on JFK Boulevard East and Baldwin Avenue right outside the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Officials say the sudden stop at the traffic light caused the front windowpane to break apart from the bus allowing the passenger to be ejected. The crash is under investigation.
Bus companies are common carriers. This means that they have a legal obligation to transport passengers safely. Injured bus passengers have the right to pursue compensation from the bus company for their injuries, whether the accident was caused by a negligent driver or a poorly maintained vehicle. There are many reasons why bus accidents happen. It is important that a thorough investigation is conducted into how or why the incident occurred.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is advisable to review all your legal options before making any legal decisions. Be sure you file a police report. Take photographs of the accident scene and injuries sustained. Get contact information for witnesses as well as the bus driver’s name, bus company information, and insurance information. Secure medical attention and treatment for your injuries right away.
Injured bus accident victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. A New York bus accident attorney can review your case and help you receive the compensation you need and rightfully deserve.
Contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986- 7353. We can help.