NJ Bus Accident Lawyers Advocate for Injured Passengers
Bus accident attorneys in Ridgewood serving Northern New Jersey
Bus accidents can happen very quickly on New Jersey’s crowded roadways. One moment you are riding quietly along, and the next the driver has made a wrong move that results in a serious crash. If you were injured in a public transit or private bus accident anywhere in the state, the skillful attorneys at Seigel Law in Ridgewood can help you pursue a personal injury claim and explain the types of damages you may be able to recover.
Common causes of bus accidents
Careless driving and poor oversight by bus operators can lead to serious injuries. Specific causes of bus accidents include:
- Drivers who text or speak on their cell phones
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Fatigue caused by long hours without adequate rest periods
- Drivers who fail to pay proper attention during lane changes and turns
- Lack of appropriate training or experience
- Poor maintenance of buses by government agencies and transportation companies
Bus drivers, government bodies and private businesses might be liable for the harm you suffered in a bus collision. We can examine the evidence in your accident to establish who was at fault. In some cases, other drivers on the roadways who cut buses off or otherwise contribute to accidents may also be legally responsible for your damages.
Common bus accident injuries
Injuries from bus accidents are often catastrophic because the force from the collision could cause passengers to be thrown around the large interior of the vehicle. Pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists may be severely injured if these heavy vehicles hit them. The impact of a bus might cause various types of injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ damage and internal injuries
- Bruising, swelling and soft tissue damage
Whatever type of injuries you have sustained, our attorneys can help you pursue compensation to cover your medical bills, lost income and other harm stemming from the accident.
Statute of limitations for bus accident claims in New Jersey
How long you have to file a claim depends upon the potential defendant in your case. If you were on a NJ Transit bus or another vehicle within the public transportation system, you have only 90 days from the date of your accident to initiate legal action. For passengers on a privately owned bus, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is generally two years from the date of the accident.
Why you need a lawyer for your bus accident
Reasons why it is critical to retain an experienced injury lawyer include:
- Many bus accident claims are brought against public agencies, and many procedural rules are different than in cases involving private carriers. If you miss the accelerated deadline or make a procedural error, you might lose your right to relief. We know how to litigate these claims and have a strong record of winning substantial compensation from government bodies.
- Defense lawyers often try to pressure victims into taking a quick settlement. Our firm understands the relevant law and can accurately assess the financial recovery you should demand. You can count on us to even the playing field.
- We have a network of experts who can support your arguments on damages and liability. Whether your case requires an accident reconstruction expert to determine fault or a doctor to detail the physical effects of your bus accident, our firm can bring in the right people.
You can rely on our attorneys to guide you through every step of the legal process.
Contact our experienced New Jersey law firm for advice on a bus accident claim
Seigel Law in Ridgewood is a premier personal injury law firm serving clients who have been injured in New Jersey bus accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 201-444-4000 or contact us online.