While bus accidents are relatively uncommon, they can be devastating when they occur. Knowing your rights and the average settlement amounts in these cases can be critical for victims and their families.
In New York, the statute of limitations for accidents is generally three years. This means you usually have up to three years to file a lawsuit for your injuries. However, for some city bus accidents, a claim must be filed within a strict 90-day window.
If you have been injured and want to know about the average settlement for bus accidents, Eric Richman, Esq. is here to help.
Please note that this page contains general information only and should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction for advice tailored to your specific case before taking or refraining from any action based on this content.
What Is the Average Settlement for Bus Accidents?
Bus accident lawsuits are often complex, with various factors influencing final settlement amounts. Bus accidents commonly involve public transportation authorities, public corporations, or school districts, each with its own set of legal challenges. Further, with more passengers involved and severe injuries, several parties can be held liable.
There is no surefire way to establish an “average” payment for a bus accident lawsuit because bus accidents vary in complexity, and each case is unique. The case’s specifics, including the severity of the injuries, the accident’s contributing factors, and whether the injury victim suffered lasting damage or, in the worst case, passed away due to their injuries, will all influence the settlement amount.
Further, there is no way to estimate the worth of your claim based on general information online. If you’re wondering what the typical bus accident settlement is, it’s advisable to contact an experienced lawyer right away to examine your case and place a value on your claim.
|Bus Crash Cases by Severity in 2021 (National)
|Number of Cases
|Fatalities in bus accidents can lead to wrongful death claims, often involving substantial settlements or jury awards to compensate the victim’s family for their loss.
|Injuries range from minor to severe and can result in claims for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, resulting in considerable settlements.
Note: The number of cases is derived from NHTSA data for 2021.
The 90-Day Rule for City Buses in New York
When it comes to bus accidents in New York, the clock starts ticking right after the accident. According to state law, any claim against a city transportation body must be filed within 90 days of the incident. This legal requirement highlights the importance of contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to guarantee your rights are protected and your claim is submitted immediately.
|Example Average Settlements for Bus Accidents
|Eric Richman has handled many car and bus accident cases in New York, with settlement amounts ranging from modest to substantial. We’ve included a few recent settlements below.
|$1,500,000 in a Pedestrian Accident
|While crossing the street at a crosswalk, a pedestrian was recklessly run over by an inattentive driver. Eric successfully proved the case to the Judge. At that point, the Trial proceeded only on a partial basis – to determine the amount owed to the Plaintiff for her injuries. Due to the Plaintiff’s multiple back fractures and surgeries, Eric was able to obtain $1,500,000 to compensate her for her pain and suffering.
|$1,100,000 in a Pedestrian Accident
|After being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street, a client was hospitalized for several months with multiple fractures, head injuries, and surgeries. An expert in accident reconstruction analysis proved that the accident was the driver’s fault.
|$745,000 in a Car Accident
|A client was sitting in her vehicle when it was struck from behind. She had to have surgery on her neck and never fully recovered. We proved to the court that this accident was entirely the defendant’s fault.
Factors That Influence Settlement Amounts
Several factors will influence the settlement amount of a bus accident claim. We’ve listed the most common ones below for further consideration.
- Medical Expenses: The costs associated with emergency care, surgery, rehabilitation, and any additional medical care required due to the accident.
- Lost Wages: Compensation for the time the victim could not work and any future income loss if the victim suffers from a long-term disability.
- Pain and Suffering: This takes into account both the victim’s mental distress and physical discomfort.
- Property Damage: If the accident damaged the person’s vehicle, belongings, or property.
|Steps to Take After a Bus Accident
|Seek Medical Attention
|Get prompt medical care for your injuries. Call 911 if necessary.
|Report the Accident
|Notify the police and your insurance company.
|Take photos and document the accident. This includes collecting medical records, witness statements, and the police report.
|Get contact details from all parties involved, including the bus driver and their employer. Ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information.
|Contact a Lawyer
|Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. This is especially important for city bus accidents due to the 90-day claim deadline.
Contact The Law Offices of Eric Richman for a Free Consultation
Having an experienced and compassionate lawyer on your side can make all the difference when dealing with the aftermath of a bus accident. Eric Richman, Esq., knows the complexities of these types of cases, particularly those involving municipal organizations. Our law office can navigate legal requirements and advocate on your behalf, ensuring you receive fair compensation while helping you focus on your recovery.
Contact the Law Offices of Eric Richman for a free consultation or call us at (800) 801-9655 to discuss your case and the average settlement for bus accidents. We’re here to provide the legal guidance you need during this challenging time.