Though many people trust buses operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to get them safely from place to place, the reality is that accidents do happen, and if you’ve been hurt in one, you should speak with an experienced Buffalo bus accident lawyer here at Ramos & Ramos at once. Contact us to learn more about these accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one.
Why You Need a Buffalo Bus Accident Lawyer
Bus accidents often leave several people injured. Unfortunately, these injuries can have a significant impact physically, financially, and emotionally. With so much hanging in the balance, you need a Buffalo auto accident lawyer you can trust to fight for your rightful compensation. Furthermore, our firm is familiar with the various complexities associated with filing personal injury claims against the NFTA, making our firm ideal to handle your case.
Causes of Bus Accidents
As with most accidents, bus accidents are typically caused by negligence. However, you should note that there are various parties who may be liable for an accident. They are as follows:
- Bus Drivers: The most common cause of bus accidents is bus driver negligence. When bus drivers fail to observe the rules and regulations of the road, they put themselves, their passengers, and others in danger. A wide array of behavior can be classified as bus driver negligence, including driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, making sudden stops or starts, ignoring traffic lights or signs, speeding, and more.
- Other Drivers: At times, bus accidents are caused by another motorist crashing into a bus because of an act of negligence.
- Bus Companies: Bus company employers are responsible for ensuring they hire qualified, licensed drivers and other employees. When they fail to do so, the chances of an accident happening increase. They are also responsible for regularly maintaining buses, such as by taking them for yearly inspections. Failing to do so can also result in serious injury.
- Negligent Bus Part Designers/Manufacturers: Those who design bus parts are responsible for ensuring their technology is safe and works as intended. Ignoring potential safety hazards when designing a product can cause it to become unsafe. At times, however, a product designer will create a safe product, only to have it altered because of a negligent manufacturer, which can also result in the product becoming unsafe.
Bus Accident Claims in Buffalo
To win a bus accident claim, we will have to gather and present evidence to prove that you were hurt as a result of another party’s negligence. If you can, after an accident, you should call the police, seek immediate medical treatment, take pictures of the accident, ask witnesses for their phone number/email address, and do everything else in your power to document the incident. From here, you should speak with an experienced Buffalo bus accident lawyer as soon as you can. In most cases, if you were hurt in an accident involving the NFTA, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the date the accident occurred. Waiting longer than 90 days will most likely result in you losing your right to sue.
Contact a Buffalo Bus Accident Lawyer
We are here to help all those who’ve been wrongfully injured in bus accidents in Buffalo and throughout Western New York. Contact Ramos & Ramos today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm. We are here to fight for your right to compensation, every step of the way.