NYC Bus Accidents: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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The bus accident lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy have handled many serious bus accident cases in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. Often, these experienced trial lawyers hear from their clients that there was so much they didn’t know after being involved in a bus accident. What follows is a sampling of what victims of bus accidents need to know.

For millions of New Yorkers and tourists alike, riding a bus is a daily occurrence whether they are commuting to work, going to school or seeing the sights. With New York City roads being heavily congested with other motorists and pedestrians, bus passengers in New York City and the surrounding areas are at risk of being involved in a bus accident.

Similarly, anyone that is involved in a collision with a bus immediately knows the stakes are high. A bus accident can happen in a split second. Most New York City buses and tour buses are not equipped with seatbelts and other safety devices you would see in a normal automobile. As a result, bus passengers involved in a bus accident are more likely to be thrown about the inside of a bus than a seat-belted passenger in a car. Thus, a bus passenger is often more likely to sustain a serious injury than someone in a car in the event of a crash.

Also, due to the size and weight of most buses, an accident with a bus may cause more property damage and physical injuries to other motorists and pedestrians than an accident between two cars. The inexperience and reckless driving of bus operators and motorists is often a contributing factor in bus accidents. Bus accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for their serious personal injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of damages.

If you or someone you love was a injured in a bus accident, contact the experienced trial attorneys at the law firm of Block O’Toole & Murphy today. We will fight to make sure your rights are protected and that you are properly compensated for the injuries you have sustained. Listed below are a few of the bus accident settlements and verdicts we have obtained for our clients*:

$6,000,000 settlement for man injured in NYC bus accident
The Plaintiff was a passenger in a New York City Transit Authority bus which collided with a flatbed truck as the bus made a right turn in front of the truck. The bus sustained extensive property damage.

$3,000,000 settlement for man injured in motor vehicle accident with MTA bus
On June 9, 2009, the plaintiff, a 48 year-old self-employed barber, was seriously injured in a collision with an MTA bus when the bus made a left turn in front of plaintiff’s straight traveling vehicle.

$2,270,000 Verdict for woman injured as a passenger in NYCTA bus

The plaintiff was a passenger in a New York City Transit Authority bus that rear-ended a truck causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

$2,056,656.30 Verdict for pedestrian struck by NYCTA bus

The plaintiff was a pedestrian crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was struck by a New York City Transit Authority bus that was making a left turn. The bus left the scene.

For more information about these cases and a complete list of the successful results our attorneys have obtained, please visit the Verdicts & Settlements page at


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