Using Rochester’s public bus lines for travel can reduce your carbon footprint and transport you around town. However, re-entering and exiting a bus can be dangerous at times. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Rochester bus accident, there are a few things you should know.
While the collision between a bus and a car, truck, or motorcycle can be serious, some bus accidents happen when passengers are boarding or departing the bus. Some passengers may be removing a bicycle off the bus’s bike rack, or simply wandering outside the safest path to enter or exit. Those racing to catch a bus may not be looking into traffic.
A collision between a bus passenger and a car may occur during entrance and exit. Some impatient drivers will drive around a stopped bus and collide with innocent passengers. Other times, the bus driver themselves may cause an accident, whether colliding with a car or not seeing a passenger or other vehicle in their mirrors or blind spot.
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, and suspect you’re injured, it’s important to seek medical attention right away, even if you feel fine. Some injuries are best diagnosed by a physician experienced in understanding the effects of an impact. The longer you wait, the more likely a small injury could become serious.
Determining who is at fault for a bus accident can sometimes be complicated. A personal injury lawyer experienced in sorting out the facts from police reports and witness statements can help you pursue your claim in a court of law.
Depending on the circumstances, the bus driver, and therefore the company that employs him or her, can be held liable for your accident.
Under New York law, the no-fault insurance company must reimburse you for some medical bills, including aftercare treatment with a chiropractor or physical therapy. You may also have a claim for property damages or repairing a vehicle.
If you’re injured in a bus accident, trust our truck accident lawyers at The Law Offices of William Mattar to walk you through filing your claim, collecting documentation, and fighting for your interests even in a court of law.