A North Bergen bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you build a case and pursue a payout from the bus company or another liable party after a bus accident in northern New Jersey. We may be able to help if you were a passenger on a bus during an accident, if a bus collided with your car, or if you suffered injuries in another similar incident.
Let the team from Morelli Law Firm review the facts of your North Bergen bus accident case. We can help you determine your options based on the factors involved in this type of case and help you understand your next steps to recovering a payout, if possible. Call (212) 751-9800 now to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Understanding the Complexities of Bus Accident Cases
Bus accident cases are often complex since most buses are operated by either a state or municipal agency or a large company. We have to approach each of these situations in very specific ways because the owner or operator of the bus is generally the liable party in an accident caused by a bus driver.
Title 59, better known as the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, outlines the rules for filing a case against a government agency. It may be possible to hold the government of New Jersey or New York liable for the injuries you suffered if they occurred because of a bus driver employed by that agency. This occurs frequently in bus accident cases. In northern New Jersey, government parties liable in a bus accident could include:
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
- NJ Transit.
- Public school systems.
In addition, many buses are owned by private companies that also employ drivers. These cases can also feature the possibility of vicarious liability. This means we may be able to hold the owner of the bus or employer of the driver—often the same party—liable for the harm you suffered. This could include:
- Private schools.
- Private bus companies.
- Tour bus companies.
- Private coach owners.
Bus accident injuries can be severe. No matter if you were on the bus as a passenger at the time of the collision or if a negligent bus driver hit your vehicle, you could suffer significant scarring, broken bones, and permanent injuries. You should not have to pay for the harm you suffered or the resulting medical care costs and other expenses.
A North Bergen bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you prove your case and recover a financial award to help you cover your physical, emotional, and economic losses. Call Morelli Law Firm today to learn more and get started with a complimentary consultation at (212) 751-9800.
Seeking Damages After a North Bergen, NJ, Bus Accident
Many New Jersey bus accident cases resolve without ever going to trial, but we need to prepare a strong enough case for court because that could become necessary. We need to be able to show:
- How the bus driver acted negligently and caused the accident.
- The injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.
- The other losses you suffered as a result of the accident.
- Who is liable and the insurance policy or policies that apply.
- What a fair settlement or award will look like based on your losses.
Our team can go to work for you, taking steps to prove your case and the value of your losses. This includes gathering evidence, analyzing video and eyewitness statements, and working with accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, and other experts. This may allow us to convince the insurance company to agree to a just payout out of court or serve to recover the compensation you deserve in court.
The recoverable damages in a bus accident case may include:
- Current and future medical treatment.
- Ongoing care and support, when necessary.
- Current and future missed pay.
- Diminished earning capacity for lasting disabilities that prevent a return to work.
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle, if necessary.
- Other property damages.
- Out-of-pocket expenses with receipts.
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other intangible losses.
We also accept North Bergen wrongful death bus accident cases. You can discuss your family member’s fatal accident and learn more about your rights by talking to a member of the Morelli Law Firm team today at (212) 751-9800.
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Deadlines in a North Bergen Bus Accident Case
There may be tight deadlines in your North Bergen bus accident case, especially if the bus involved is operated by a government agency. We must serve notice about our intention to take action against NJ Transit or another government agency quickly following accident injuries.
While we generally have two years to file a traffic accident lawsuit under NJ revised statutes New Jersey Statutes (NJ Stat) §2a:14-2, there are additional steps we have to take beforehand when pursuing a case under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. This is one reason why it is important to discuss your case with us as soon as possible after your accident.
Morelli Law Firm works with bus accident victims in North Bergen and other areas of northern New Jersey, as well as New York City, Long Island, New York State up to Albany, and Philadelphia. Reach out to us about your injuries today.
Speak with a Member of Our North Bergen Bus Accident Team
You can talk to a member of our traffic accident team today at no cost. We want to discuss your accident case, your injuries, your rights, and what a North Bergen bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to do to help you. At Morelli Law Firm, we accept many types of personal injury cases based on contingency. We may be able to seek compensation in your case, and you will pay nothing unless we secure a settlement.
Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to learn more or get started right away if you qualify.