If you or your child was injured in a school bus accident in White Plains, New York, you may have the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
You do not have to fight for compensation on your own. A White Plains school bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to take over the legal work in the case and pursue compensation on your behalf. We may be able to help in cases where you were hit by a school bus while driving your own vehicle, or in cases where you or your child was injured while riding a school bus as a passenger.
To receive a free consultation on your case from a member of our personal injury team, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800. We may be able to take your school bus accident case on a contingency-fee-basis with no advanced payment necessary.
Assessing the Cost of Your School Bus Accident Injuries
Due to the difference in size and weight between a passenger vehicle and a school bus, drivers struck by a bus may sustain significant injuries. Even school bus passengers may be severely hurt in these accidents.
Depending on the details of your accident, the recoverable damages may include
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical disfigurement
- And more
These costs may be recoverable through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Be certain to report injuries of any severity to your doctor and retain copies of the crash report or medical records that document your injuries and the costs of your treatment. Your lawyer may be able to use this information to calculate the injury portion of your claim for compensation.
Wrongful Death Cases
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,147 fatal accidents involving school transportation vehicles in the U.S. between 2007 and 2016. If your loved one passed away in this type of accident, Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you pursue compensation for wrongful death damages such as:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of income
- And more
Call us today to learn more about the details of filing a wrongful death lawsuit in New York.
How Morelli Law Firm Can Support You During Our Work Together
The aftermath of a collision with a school bus can be traumatic. On your own, it may be challenging to determine what party to pursue for compensation. Depending on the specifics of the accident, you might have a case against the at-fault driver, their employer, or the school bus manufacturer.
When you hire a White Plains school bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm to represent you, our personal injury team can:
- Explain the recovery process step by step
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Help you identify the liable party or parties
- Conduct an independent investigation
- Assign a financial value to your claim
- Negotiate for a settlement on your behalf with the at-fault party or their insurance company
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
In addition to these actions, our team members can also help you compile a complete case file, obtain and complete insurance forms, and manage the legal deadlines in your case.
To learn more about our services and to receive a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800.
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The Statute of Limitations in New York
You may be entitled to financial recovery from the appropriate at-fault party after a collision with a school but, but only for a limited time. Your potential window to financial recovery through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be limited by New York law.
The New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CVP) §214 generally limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit to three years from the date of the accident. Per New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1, there is a general two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the allocated amount of time, your lawsuit may be dismissed, and you may be unable to recover compensation for your damages.
There may be circumstances in your case that alter the specific deadlines that pertain to you. A representative of Morelli Law Firm can help you identify what deadlines apply to your case when you call for your free consultation.
Building a Complete Evidence File
A compensation claim often relies on the evidence you and your lawyer compile and present to the at-fault driver or the insurance agency or law firm that represents them. They may want proof of the cause of, and the fault in, the accident, as well as an accurate representation of compensable expenses.
To build a supportive evidence file, Morelli Law Firm may be able to collect the following types of evidence in your case:
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Medical records and bills
- Crash reports
- Witness statements
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- School bus maintenance records
- And more
Morelli Law Firm may also be able to bring on accident reconstruction and medical experts to testify in your defense.
Call Morelli Law Firm’s Car Accident Team Today
When a White Plains school bus accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm represents you, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we handle the legal work in your case. Our kind and attentive staff can be available to answer your questions and provide you with updates throughout your case.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. We take many cases on a contingency-fee-basis where our clients do not pay us attorney fees unless and until they recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.