Bus accident injuries can occur at any time. They can be dangerous both to other motorists who collide with a bus or to passengers aboard the bus.
If you sustained an injury by or while riding on a bus in Sayville, you may be able to file a compensation claim to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. This could allow you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost work wages, and other injury benefits paid.
A Sayville bus lawyer from Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., may be able to represent your case. Call our firm today at (631) 600-0000 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
Types of Sayville Bus Accident Cases We Can Handle
Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., represents injury victims across a wide range of bus accident injury claims. No matter what type of bus you were riding or who the operator was, our Sayville bus lawyers may be able to pursue them for compensation.
Our legal team may be able to represent you in matters involving:
- City buses
- School buses
- Cargo buses
- “Party” buses
- Motor coach buses
- Shuttle buses
- Police buses
- Off-road buses
In accidents with any of these bus vehicles, you or your loved ones may be affected as passengers, motorists, or pedestrians. If another person is deemed liable for the accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.
A Legal Team Can Investigate the Cause of Your Accident
Bus accident claims can be challenging to navigate since some buses are operated by government entities that follow different personal injury laws.
Fortunately, New York’s Civil Law Section 1411 permits bus accident injury victims to pursue damages for all of their related physical harm no matter who was at fault, including medical bills, lost work benefits, and pain and suffering.
When you hire Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., to work on your Sayville bus accident case, a lawyer from our firm can investigate the cause of your accident to determine liability for situations including:
- The bus hitting another vehicle or object
- The driver acting recklessly or negligently
- Poorly maintained roads
- Pedestrian and cyclist accidents
- Poorly maintained or malfunctioning equipment
- Inadequate safety and security precautions
Establishing and proving negligence with evidence may be key to demonstrating who is liable for your accident injuries and subsequent financial harm in a personal injury case
Establishing Liability in Your Bus Accident Injury Claim
Each case is unique when it comes to personal injury matters. One of the first steps your Sayville bus lawyer at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., can take when representing you is determining who is liable for your bus accident injuries.
Your claim may be filed against the insurance company of the operator or entity, but in some cases, there may be other liable parties including:
- Maintenance providers
- Other motorists
- Government departments
Once we identify the party liable for your injuries, our team can gather evidence of their liability. This may include:
- Photos of videos from the scene of the accident
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Security or traffic camera footage, if available
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Your medical records
Compensation That May Be Available in Your Case
Although every case is different, the following damages may be available in a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a bus accident:
- Current and future medical costs, including treatments and medications
- Occupational therapy
- Property damage
- Lost work wages and benefits
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
To discuss what specific compensation may be available in your case, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., today at (631) 600-0000. A member of our team can discuss your legal options and the possible outcomes of your case as part of a free consultation.
The Statute of Limitations in Your Case
Keep in mind that New York imposes a statute of limitations, or legal timeline, on many types of accidents. In general, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York is three years (according to Section 214). Some circumstances may make this deadline even shorter, such as if your lawsuit goes against a municipality or government who was operating the bus.
If you wait too long to take legal action and allow the statute of limitations to expire in your case, it could prevent you from recovering compensation via a lawsuit, even if the evidence in your defense is strong.
We can discuss what legal deadlines pertain to your case when you call Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C.
Call Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. for Your Free Consultation Today
If you were negligently injured in a bus accident, a Sayville bus lawyer at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. may be able to represent you.
When you hire us, a lawyer from our firm can investigate your case and gather evidence in your defense while you concentrate on your recovery. Once your case is ready, we can negotiate for a settlement offer with the responsible party’s insurance company.
If the insurance company is not willing to provide you with a fair settlement out-of-court, Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. can take your case to trial.
We may be able to represent your case on a contingency-fee-basis, which means our lawyers do not charge you anything upfront to retain our legal services. In this type of arrangement, our lawyer fees only come as a percentage of your settlement offer or court awards, if and when you win your case.
Contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C., today for your free consultation by calling us at (631) 600-0000.