Injured In A Bus Accident? Beware Of Quick Settlement Offers.
Whether you were injured as a pedestrian, a passenger of a bus or as an occupant of a car that collided with a bus, it is very likely that the bus company will make an early settlement offer. Naturally, the bus company and its insurers will want to limit liability by any means possible.
A settlement offer will probably require a signed waiver stating you will not bring a lawsuit asking for further compensation. This offer can seem tantalizing after an injury when you are facing difficulties such as:
- Medical bills to pay
- Lost income due to time missed from work
- Pain management problems, perhaps involving a neck, back or shoulder injury that an insurer may call “mild”
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As experienced lawyers handling many motor vehicle accident cases, we caution you not to sign anything or make detailed statements to investigators before getting legal advice. At the same time, we urge you not to wait to get the help you need. At Simon & Gilman, LLP, in Queens, we can guide you confidently through all phases of the process of recovering financial support. Initial consultations at our law offices are free. If you cannot travel to us, we can travel to your location. You will not owe legal fees until you recover compensation.
Since 1978, we have been serving our community through a full range of personal injury representation. We are deeply knowledgeable about what you can expect from medical providers, insurers, claims adjusters, judges and juries. We are ready to come alongside you on your journey to recovery. We are determined to help you obtain the maximum available financial award achievable in your case.
You Are Not Alone; Bus Accidents Are Common In New York
Bus accidents happen often in New York, as public transportation is so widely used. The New York City Transit Authority operates bus and metro lines in the region known as MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), MTA New York City Bus and MTA New York City Subway. Long-distance bus lines such as Greyhound and Jefferson Lines, as well as private tour bus operators, also have many buses on our crowded roads.
If you are injured on public transportation, you must file a claim noticed with the proper public agency within 90 days of the accident or you lose your right to sue. Time limitations may be less of an issue in cases involving private bus lines, but an early investigation will help build a strong injury claim or lawsuit. In all cases, it is vitally important to seek legal advice as soon as possible, to protect your interests.