A photo taken inside a bus, slightly out of focus, showing two seated passengers looking toward the window. The bus interior features red poles and metal seats. Outside the window, a busy, urban city scene with blurred buildings and lights is visible.

There are few things more terrifying than auto accidents. Unfortunately, those that occur while individuals are on buses or trains are far more unexpected, and ultimately oftentimes do far more damage. If you are someone who was recently injured in a mass transit accident, then you must read on and reach out to our experienced New York auto accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What causes bus accidents?

Bus accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, though they are generally caused by driver negligence. Some of the most prevalent examples of bus driver negligence can include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to account for large blind spots, speeding, and more.

What causes train accidents?

Fortunately, most of us are never so unlucky to be involved in a train wreck. Unfortunately, they do happen. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:

  • Operating the train while under the influence
  • Misaligned tracks
  • Inattentive train conductors
  • Stopped cars on the track
  • Derailments
  • Mechanical failures
  • Loose screws and bolts in tracks

Do I qualify for compensation?

To qualify for financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. In this case, it could either be bus/train manufacturers, operators, maintenance crews, and more. Our firm will tirelessly work to obtain the evidence you need to win your personal injury claim. Some of this evidence may include pictures of the accident, security camera footage of the accident, police reports, medical documents, witness statements, and more.

Generally, the statute of limitations in New York State is three years, which means individuals will have three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against a negligent party. Unfortunately, if you are suing a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your accident. From here, you will have 1 year and 90 days from the accident to file a lawsuit. Since you have far less time than normal, it is crucial you retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. We are ready to fight for your rights.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.