Melville, N.Y. — Although bus accidents occur less often than car accidents, the damage they cause can be several times that of a car-on-car collision. Millions of people rely on buses and other forms of public transportation to get around Long Island. However, it just takes one accident to change a rider’s life. Many of these victims could suffer several short-term and long term effects of a bus crash.
Long Island residents have suffered their share of horrors due to bus crashes. From the school bus that crashed into the Amityville home to the charter bus that slammed into a bridge overpass, a number of events can cause a bus crash. In any case, city buses, school buses, and even coach buses carry risks to both passengers and other motorists.
Physical injuries present victims with immediate obstacles, and can often take weeks or months to heal. Some victims sustain injuries from which they may never recover. Depending on your specific injuries, you may experience physical short and long-term effects after surviving a bus accident on Long Island.
Common injuries caused by bus accident victims include:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Cuts and bruises
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Many times, injuries could require surgery to get better. Recovering from surgery may take a few days to a few years, depending on the type of injury that must be corrected. It’s crucial to seek medical treatment immediately after an injury. Statistics show that the faster a patient is treated, the more likely they are to fully recover from an accident.
Psychological and Emotional Harm
After being involved in a bus accident, some riders may have a fear of using public transportation again. This fear can have a lasting emotionally traumatic effect on a victim, which can diminish their quality of life. Accident victims may be able to recover compensation for the intangible effects of a bus crash.
Bus accident victims often suffer significant financial losses after sustaining physical and emotional injuries. Medical treatment for physical injuries alone can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in bills that weren’t anticipated. Luckily, the law allows victims to get compensation for their injuries. These are three main types of damages a person may be able to recover through a personal injury claim in Long Island:
- Expenses for all medical bills associated with the accident: Victims of bus accidents may be able to seek compensation for past, present, and future medical bills when they suffer physical and/or psychological injuries.
- Lost wages: Any wages a victim would have made had he avoided the accident can be recovered in a personal injury settlement. After sustaining an injury in a bus crash, victims are often unable to return to work. Depending on the type of injury they suffered, they may not be able to return to the same line of work after recovering. They may also seek compensation for lost earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: Physical pain and suffering can be calculated using a few different methods. Typically, pain and suffering for more severe injuries are worth more than pain and suffering sustained after injuries that are quick to heal. Your accident attorney can help you understand what you may expect to recover for your pain and suffering.
Mitigate the Stress of a Bus Crash with a Long Island Attorney
Personal Injury attorneys with Cellino & Barnes have decades of experience representing victims of bus accidents. Our goal is to help you recover every penny you deserve for losses that resulted from an accident that was not your fault and to help you get back to the quality of life you enjoyed before your traumatic experience.
We have helped countless residents of Long Island recover after a motor vehicle accident. Allow us to provide you with a free consultation that will help you understand your next steps. Be sure to complete our contact form or give us a call.
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