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Difference Between Filing a Lawsuit against Private vs. Public Entities After a Bus Accident in New York

New York residents rely heavily on alternative forms of transportation to travel around the state, including public and private buses. While both methods are accessible and cost-effective, riders may still suffer injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. When you’re involved in a bus accident, you have the right to compensation for any damages you sustain in the incident. 

However, there are a few differences to consider when filing a claim against a private versus a public entity. Not only are the potentially responsible parties different, but the cause of the accident as well. Before you file a bus accident claim, your lawyer will analyze and investigate your claim as well as offer honest advice about your options. By partnering with an experienced lawyer, they will act on your behalf and ensure your claim follows the proper steps depending on which party is involved.

Private vs. Public Entities: Differences When Filing a Bus Accident Claim

In New York, both private companies and public entities may operate buses. When going up against and filing a claim for a bus accident, it’s essential to understand the difference between the two following entities:

Private Bus Entities

Many New Yorkers and those traveling through the state use private bus companies. Charter buses, tour buses, paid shuttles, and employee transportation buses are all examples of private bus entities used by those in New York. 

When injured and filing a private bus accident claim, the driver and the company may be sued for negligence as well as have specific insurance policy limits. Injured individuals also have three years from the accident date to file a claim against the responsible party. Your lawyer will understand these factors and investigate and prepare your claim accordingly.

Public Bus Entities

New York’s public bus transportation is offered by the state government and holds many protections for the driver and others involved in operating public transit. A few governmental entities may own and drive public buses, including municipalities, regional transportation authorities, and the state. 

When pursuing a public bus accident claim in New York, you are going up against various protections and must file a claim within 90 days of the accident. To prove negligence and recover damages in a public bus accident, you will need guidance and representation from a highly qualified lawyer. 

Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Bus Accident Claim?

Regardless of whether you’re going up against a public or private entity, partnering with a professional New York attorney is vital for the success of your claim. Without legal representation, your compensation and rights are at risk. When you partner with one of our lawyers, you gain professional representation and the following services: 

  • 100% confidential representation and support
  • Accessible and responsive communication
  • Honest and reliable answers to case-related questions and concerns
  • Fierce negotiations with the other parties for fair and just compensation
  • Connections with expert witnesses to support your claim
  • Organize medical records and bills for your claim
  • Prove the other parties’ fault and liability
  • Quick delivery of essential documents
  • Thorough and up-to-date understanding of New York’s laws

The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has decades of combined experience protecting the rights of New Yorkers and holding responsible parties accountable for their actions. Don’t wait, and contact our office to begin your bus accident claim today.

File Your Bus Accident Claim Today With the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

Bus accidents involve multiple parties and require a thorough investigation. Our experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP understand what it takes to prove the other party’s fault and pull back the layers of a complex case. By utilizing our community connections and resources, we offer client-tailored solutions and representation. 

We are prepared to do whatever it takes to provide you with the smooth recovery you deserve. To learn more about our services and review our positive past client results, visit our website and subscribe to our Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP YouTube Channel. Call 516-358-6900 or complete our contact form to speak with one of our team members today.

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