Each day, millions of Americans ride buses to work, to school, and to get to other daily activities. For many New Jersey residents, the bus is their only mode of transportation. With so many buses traversing our roadways, accidents are inevitable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that almost 500 people are killed in bus accidents every year. Hundreds more are injured daily.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has handled many New Jersey bus injury accident claims. These are some of the common causes of bus collisions:
As bus passengers are not, in most cases, restrained with seatbelts, there is a high potential for serious injuries when an impact occurs. Common bus accident injuries include:
Being injured in a bus accident can have both immediate and long-term consequences. You will have medical expenses and pain and suffering, and may have to take time off work to recover from your injuries. Serious or catastrophic injuries leave the injured facing life ahead with damage impacting future earning potential as well as quality of life.
Passengers and pedestrians are very rarely at fault for causing a bus accident and are therefore almost certainly entitled to damages for injuries. New Jersey claims arising from bus accidents often include:
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you will need medical treatment, and determining which insurance company gets the bill can be a confusing matter. Some buses are required to provide insurance coverage for medical treatment of injured passengers, while other bus companies may not carry sufficient insurance to cover the cost of damages. Our New Jersey bus accident lawyers will ensure that your medical bills are submitted to the correct insurance company and sort out the paperwork associated with your claim so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Insurance companies often fail to have your interests in mind when attempting to settle a claim. The company’s representatives are concerned with minimizing payouts to protect the company’s bottom line. We can skillfully negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, protect your interests, and will fight for the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, various parties may be held liable in bus accident injury claims, including:
There is a time limit imposed by law (statute of limitations) for personal injury claims in New Jersey - typically two years from the date of the injury. If you are filing a claim against a government agency, however, the time limit is far shorter. Notice of your intention to file a bus accident claim must be submitted to the appropriate office within 90 days of the incident (unless you were a minor at the time the incident occurred, in which case you have 90 days from the date of your 18th birthday). If you miss the filing deadline, your claim for damages could be forever barred.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has successfully handled many New Jersey bus accident claims. A few examples of our bus accident injury settlements include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bus accident, you need to speak with an attorney experienced in handling matters of this nature. Contact a New Jersey vehicle accident lawyer at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari today. We can help you pursue appropriate claims against the bus company, the state or municipality (if warranted), or any other responsible party. We can be reached at (973) 635-5400.
If you need to consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney, you need to contact Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. The initial consultation is always free.