Buses are a common form of travel for many people throughout Nassau County. Nassau Inter-Count Express is the local municipal bus system with service throughout Nassau County extending into Queens and the Long Island Rail Road station in Jamaica.
Bus Drivers must be specially licensed and trained
To be a bus driver, people must have a commercial driver's license, called a CDL. They must have the proper training and meet the physical, vision, and hearing requirements. Bus drivers are only legally able to drive a specific amount of hours per day and week.
Buses, as they are designed and meant to, can carry many passengers at the same time. As such, a single bus accident may simultaneously be responsible for several injuries or fatalities.
Every local school, public and private use school buses to transport students from home to school and back again at the end of the day. Summer camps and other extra-curricular organizations also rely on buses for regular transportation.
Coach buses are also common on Long Island, especially during the summer as they transport people from New York City out east to The Hamptons and Montauk.
Like trucks, state and federal laws regulate buses. Buses are subject to frequent inspections and must meet strict safety standards.
Comparative Negligence in a Bus Accident Means Several Parties Share Responsibility
If you are involved in a bus accident, it is vital to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights and how to proceed. When involving government agencies, you have a short window to file your case.
For Bus Accidents, there might be several people or entities responsible for your injuries, from the bus driver to their bus company, and even other drivers who might have contributed to the accident.
Many parties might share the responsibility for a bus accident. New York Law refers to this as comparative negligence. As a victim, you may bring a case against all parties who were responsible for the accident.
Some causes of bus accidents in the area include:
Lack of Experience
Illegal Turns or running through a red light or a stop sign
Failing to Yield the Right of Way to pedestrians or other cars or vehicles
Damages related to a bus accident might include medical expenses, lost income or wages, and reduced earning capacity. You may also be entitled to damages based on the emotional and physical toll. Damages for Pain and Suffering and Emotional Distress may also be available.
Contact the Law Offices of Stern and Stern
The Law Office of Stern and Stern has been representing the residents of Freeport and the surrounding areas for over ten years. With offices in the heart of the Village of Freeport, we are local and convenient. Call our office at 516-634-0345 to schedule a free consultation.