Veteran New York City Lawyers for Victims of Bus Crashes.

If you were injured in a bus accident in New York City, you need an experienced bus accident lawyer. The laws governing bus accident cases are complex and confusing to the average person. There are strict deadlines and if you don't act quickly, you can lose your rights to benefits and even lose the right to sue, no matter how serious your injures are. Don't wait, if you were injured in a bus accident, consult our New York City (NYC) bus accident attorneys. 

New Yorkers are fortunate to have a variety of public transportation methods available to them. Buses, for example, can be a convenient way to travel around the New York City and New York state. Many buses do not provide passengers with seat belts or mandate their use, even though an accident can result in severe injury or death. The number of passengers who may be carried while seated or standing inside a crowded vehicle can pose additional hazards. The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC has represented people who sustain personal injuries in bus accident victims in New York for more than two decades decade. Our knowledgeable attorneys are dedicated to serving clients in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and  Queens, as well as the surrounding areas. Call (212) 858-0503 to speak with our New York City bus accidents lawyer if you have been in a bus accident in New York City or Queens, NY.

Holding Negligent Bus Drivers Liable

Our New York City bus accident lawyers have fought for the victims of bus accidents for years, and whether you were  a pedestrian that was hit by a bus, were in a car that was struck by a bus, or were a bus passenger that got hurt in a bus crash, our NYC bus accident lawyers will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.  Bus drivers in New York City are known to drive aggressively, depsite internal rules requiring that they drive carefully, they often driver carelessly and cause accidents. Under New York Law, bus drivers are required to operate the bus in a reasonable condition and follow the Rules of the Road, including the Vehicle and Traffic Law. 

Our NYC bus accident lawyers have extensive experience in handling bus accident industry cases and we know how to prove the case. the most common causes of  serious bus accidents are  driver negligence,  driver inattention, inproperly adjusted mirrors, inadequate equipment maintenance, or a lack of training. A crash may result in contusions, broken bones, serious head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even tragic death. If you were injured in a bus accident, call our New York City bus accident lawyers for a free consultation 

Seeking Compensation After an Accident

If you sustained personal injuries in a bus accident in New York, you need an experienced NYC bus accident lawyer. Taking legal action after a crash involving bus companies can be challenging because suing a public entity in New York requires navigating a labrinth of regulations and procedural hurdles, which can be confusing and overwhelming for the average citizen. Most of the buses traveling on the streets of New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, are owned by a government agency, such as the New York City Transit Authority, the New York Bus Company.  Even school buses are often owned by the board of eduction. To be able to file a lawsuit against a public entity, such as the MTA Bus Company or the New York City Transit Authority, you need to file a Notice of Claim with the correct entity within 90 days of the accident. If you do not file the Notice of Claim, you will not be able to file a lawsuit, unless you get permission from the Court.  The notice of claim must be filed with the correct entity, and alot of people make the mistake of assuming that the City of New York run the buses. It is important to file the notice of claim with the correct entity to preserve your right to sue for injuries, so identifying the right bus company after an accident is extremely important. Another thing to keep in mind, is unlike most personal injury cases from car accidents, you only have a year and ninety days to file a lawsuit against a public entity for a bus accident. So if you were injured in a NYC bus accident, call our NYC bus accident lawyers today  because delaying could cost you your lawsuit. Don't let the bus companies get away with it. 


If a passenger is hurt while traveling on a vehicle that is operated by the Transit Authority, he or she may be entitled to file a no-fault claim for medical bills and lost wages. New York's rules on who pay no fault benefits are complicated and one of the most frequent questions that our New York bus accident lawyers are asked is "I got hurt in a bus accident, Who is going to pay my medical bills?". The answer depends on whether you own a car or whether someone in hour household owns a car. New York law provides that anyone injured in a bus accident is entitled to no fault benefits, which includes payment for your medical bills and your lost wages. Although it seems contrary to common sense, if you were injured in a bus accident in New York State, the law requires that your own car insurance company pay your no fault benefits. If you do not own a car, but someone in your household owns a car, then the car insurance company for that car has to pay your no fault benefits.  If you do not own a car and no one in your household owns a car, then the owner of the bus must pay your no fault benefits. The exception is if you were hit by a bus, then the bus company pays your lost wages and medical benefits and it does not matter if you own a car or have a car in your household. 

Under New York No Fault law, you are entitled to benefits up to $50,000 worth of medical expenses and lost wages, subject to certain limitations. Additionally, a statutory death benefit of $2,000 is also available to people who lost a loved one in a bus accident. A no-fault claim does not require an injured person to offer proof of negligence to recover damages. Still, a victim must file an application for the no fault benefits, with the right company, within 30 days of the bus accident to be entitled to medical bill payment and lost wages. In New York City, identifying the correct bus company is important because there are different entities that operate buses, so our New York City bus accident lawyers recommend that you get the police report as soon as possible after your accident. If you miss the 30 day deadline to file a no fault claim, then you may lose your benefits, so call our experienced New York City bus accident lawyers today. 


It is important to note that no-fault insurance coverage does not account for damages related to pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and wrongful death.  To recover damages for a pain and suffering from a bus accident, you need to prove that the bus driver was negligent or careless in their operation of the bus and that is why you got hurt. In addition to filing an application for no fault benefits, to sue a bus company  that is operated by the New York City Transit Authority or the New York Bus Company for negligence in a bus collision, you need to file a notice of claim, with the correct entity within 90 days of the accident.  If you fail to file the notice of claim within 90 days, you cannot sue, unless you get special permission to file a late notice of claim from the New York Supreme Court. If you have been seriously injured and missed the 90 day deadline, call our bus accident attorneys immediately. The Courts do not always grant permission to file the late notice of claim, which is why you must get in touch with a qualified and experienced Manhattan, NY bus accidents attorney to handle your case if you were injured in a New York City bus accident. If you were injured in a Queens bus accident, or  in a bus accident in the Bronx, Manhattan or Brooklyn, call our  our Manhattan office at (212) 858-0503.  

Passengers who suffer a serious injury are eligible to pursue a negligence claim against a bus company or government entity. In general, a person who seeks to prove negligence must show that they were injured because the bus driver drove the bus in a careless manner or failed to follow the rules of the road and was involved in an accident.  The law recognizes that all motorists, including bus drivers are required to adhere to state and local traffic laws. If a passenger was hurt in bus a collision that was caused by a speeding driver,  or a bus that hit a stopped vehicle or was involved in an accident where the bus negligently changed lanes when it wasn't safe to do so, the passenger may be entitled to recover for any injuries that he or she sustained as a result of the driver’s negligent act. Also, if another car or truck was careless and hit the bus, the injured passenger on a bus can sue the driver or the car or truck. Similarly, if a person dies in a crash that was caused by a bus operator’s careless behavior, the company that hired the operator may be held responsible for the person’s death under the rule of vicarious liability. This can make an employer liable for any damages that resulted from the negligent actions of an employee if he or she was within the scope and course of the employment relationship at the time. Our bus accident attorneys have won numerous victories against the Bee Line-Liberty Lines, the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority, as well as private bus carriers.

Consult An Experienced Bus Collision Attorney in New York

An unforeseen injury can be hard on your family and you. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you should have a hardworking bus collision lawyer on your side. The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC provides quality representation to injured individuals in New York and throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Our attorneys have handled a number of cases against the New York Transit Authority, MTA Bus Company and the casino shuttle bus companies. If you were hurt because a bus driver was carelessness, do not hesitate to call us at at (212) 858-0503  or contact us through our website today. The bus collision and bus accident attorneys in New York, NY  have years of experience handling accidents involving buses. We have obtained favorable outcomes for our clients. After being in a bus accident, victims usually have a certain amount of time to file an injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. If you need to talk to a New York City bus accidents lawyer, give us a call at (212) 858-0503. Our NYC bus accidents attorney will do everything to get you a favorable settlement.

The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, has been helping injured victims recover compensation for their injuries for over a decade. Our attorneys are members of several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

To request your free initial consultation with our team, call our New York City office at (212) 858-0503 or our White Plains office at (914) 574-8330. You can also request a case review online.

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