If you are involved in an accident with a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus, there are a few things you should immediately do, if at all possible. First, get a description of the bus driver to include their approximate height, weight, and age, as well as their race and gender. Ask them their name and if they will not provide it, try to get their badge number. If a lawsuit is filed and the MTA claims they cannot determine who the bus operator was, any description of the bus driver may be helpful. An MTA representative may come to the scene to collect information from both you and the bus driver, then generate a written report. Try to get that representative’s name and/or ID number and a copy of the report. Also note the bus number, route number and the time of the accident. Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured.
Hiring an MTA Bus Accident Lawyer in NYC
You should immediately speak to a NYC bus accident lawyer if you suffer injuries as the result of an MTA accident in NYC because time is not on your side! You have only 90 days to file a Notice of Claim with the MTA, New York City Transit Authority or the NYC and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, and if you or your lawyer does not do so, you are barred from bringing an action for your injuries. Of course, if there are some exceptional reasons why you did not do so, your lawyer may be able to file an Order to Show Cause and seek to file a late Notice of Claim, but there are no guarantees.
Why Are There So Many MTA Bus Accidents in NYC?
According to a March 3, 2018 article in the NY Post, MTA buses were in more than 21,000 collisions in a three year period. The high number of bus accidents affecting passengers, pedestrians and other motorists may be due to bus operator fatigue, failing to obey the rules of the road or improper training.
An alternative theory is that based simply on the sheer number of city buses on the road such accidents are bound to happen. For example, according to publicly available information provided by the MTA, their busses serve NYC, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Two million four hundred thousand people ride these buses each weekday, which translates into Seven hundred sixty-four million riders in 2016.
The law firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq., P.C. recently obtained an early settlement for an MTA bus accident victim who was a passenger when the bus she was in collided with a forklift. The firm is currently representing a woman dragged down the street by an MTA bus after the bus operator closed the doors on her causing her to suffer severe personal injuries which required neck surgery. The firm recently resolved a case for another mass transit accident victim.