Bus Accidents

Bus Accident Lawyers in New York

A bus driver that disobeys or disregards safety regulations, a bus driver that is texting, dozing or speeding, a bus company that allows a poorly maintained bus out on our roads and highways….any one of these can cause a serious and sometimes fatal bus accident.  We can assist you in holding the responsible parties accountable.

Bus Accident Lawyers at the New York personal injury law firm,  De Caro & Kaplen, LLP are available to offer legal help to individuals who were passengers in a bus accident.  Our bus accident attorneys have represented victims of bus crashes for over 30 years and our partners serve on the Advisory Board of the Interstate Bus Accident Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

Bus passengers have a right to expect that the bus they board has a driver that is properly licensed, trained and qualified; that the bus driver is properly rested and capable of operating the bus in the safest way possible.  A bus passenger also has a right to expect that the bus he/she is riding in has undergone proper maintenance and inspection; that faulty brakes are repaired and dangerous tires are replaced.  When a bus accident happens as a result of bus driver negligence, bus company or bus manufacturer negligence, an injured bus passenger may be able to seek compensation for his/her injuries.

Our New York personal injury law firm represents victims of bus crashes throughout New York State.  We handle bus accident cases in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Hudson Valley region including Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Sulllivan and Ulster Counties, Upstate New York including Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and surrounding areas.   We handle passengers injured in tour bus accidents, school bus accidents, charter tour bus crashes, MTA and Transit Authority buses, casino bus operators,  and crashes involving Greyhound, Trailways, Megabus and other interstate bus companies.

Our New York Bus Accident Attorneys Make a Difference in People’s Lives

What sets us apart from  other personal injury law firms is our personal commitment and passion to protecting the rights of accident victims.

If you have been the victim of a bus crash, you need to talk to the New York bus crash attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, who have the experience to obtain fair compensation for bus crash victims. We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced bus collision attorneys you can trust.

Frequent Causes of Bus Crashes
Bus driver inattention
Bus driver exceeding speed limit
Bus driver fatigue
Bus driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Bus drivers lacking proper training or supervision
Bus drivers operating their bus while on cell phone or texting
Bus drivers failing to heed the road and weather conditions

Buses that are unsafe
Faulty bus maintenance
Bus tires that are not properly inflated
Bus tires that are in need of replacement
Buses lacking seat belts

Bus Accident Cases We Have Successfully Handled

In a recent case involving an interstate chartered bus, our investigation established that at the time of a tire blowout the bus operator was exceeding the speed limit.  Our engineering investigation revealed that the cause of the tire blow out was a defect in the manufacturing process.  Our clients were ejected from the bus after it rolled over leading to the death of one passenger and serious injuries to family members.  The New York bus accident attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP commenced legal action resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement.

In another  bus crash case handled by our firm, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement, we were successful in proving that the cause of the bus accident was driver inattention or fatigue caused by too many hours behind the wheel. This conduct led to traumatic brain injuries suffered by three young girls from Brooklyn who were thrown from a window of the bus after it rolled over.

In another New York bus accident case, we were able to establish that the bus driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and should have been prevented from getting behind the wheel. Careful interviewing of passengers on the bus allowed us to prove that the bus driver’s breath actually smelled of alcohol when he left the passenger depot. We also showed how unsafe and dangerous rates of speed caused the bus operator to lose control of his vehicle, causing it to flip over.

NY Bus Crashes Are a Frequent Cause of  Fractures, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Death

Victims of bus accidents often suffer serious physical and emotional injuries.  Passengers often sustain fractures, traumatic brain damage, emotional shock and death.  If you have been injured in a bus crash in New York, you deserve bus accident lawyers who understand that recovery is a long journey, both physically and emotionally.

You need an attorney who is well versed in bus accidents and who can determine and understands how and why the accident took place. He or she should also recognize that your journey to recovery involves hope, fear, courage, and the support of many. We will represent you with both compassion and respect.

Our New York-based bus accident law firm has over 30 years of experience representing victims of bus accidents, school buses, interstate tour buses, and many other types of motor vehicles. We are leaders in bus accident law in New York and nationally.

Bus Safety Regulations

Strict regulations in New York and throughout the country govern the operation of a bus and the competence of the bus driver. After all, the bus drivers are transporting many passengers at the same time, and their conduct can pose a risk not only to other vehicles on the road, but also to many of the passengers on the bus..

Despite stringent bus safety regulations, bus crashes continue to take place. The rise in charter bus traffic, especially in buses transporting passengers to casinos, has caused a dramatic rise in bus accident numbers. These casino-bound buses are frequently involved in wrecks, causing severe injuries. New tour and charter bus operators are cropping up every day that lack the proper financial resources to both hire trained drivers and perform proper maintenance and safety inspections of their buses.

Our Bus Accident Attorneys Examine the Driver Selection Process and Hiring Practices of Bus Companies

Our New York based accident attorneys believe that some bus drivers simply should not be allowed to drive. A careful examination of their past driving record should prevent any responsible bus company from hiring them. A history of accidents, serious traffic infractions, and even convictions of drunk driving or criminal conduct should be enough to alert the bus company that the particular driver should not be hired. As your bus accident lawyers, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP will carefully research the driver selection process and hiring practices of the company that allowed the driver to get behind the wheel.


Michael Kaplen with Governor George Pataki at bill signing for Traumatic Brain Injury Law
Michael Kaplen with Governor George Pataki at bill signing for Traumatic Brain Injury Law


Bus Accident Attorneys Can Get You Compensation

Our bus accident attorneys and accident reconstruction investigators have found that faulty bus maintenance frequently plays a significant role in causing bus crashes, including brakes that were not operating properly and tires that were bald.

Safety training by a conscientious bus company can cause a dramatic reduction in bus crashes. If drivers are taught proper accident prevention techniques, a bus accident may be avoided.

Bus occupants have a right to expect that a bus driver is properly trained, properly licensed, well rested, and capable of operating the bus in the safest way possible to protect the safety of all passengers. At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we believe that the public has the right to expect properly inspected and designed buses, and that all parts of the vehicle are regularly maintained.

When bus accidents occur due to driver error, unsafe maintenance, failure to supervise, or defects in the bus or bus tires, the bus accident victims should be able to obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. When passengers are seriously injured in a New York bus accident, they should retain the services of competent legal counsel to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable.

School Bus Crashes Are Responsible for Over 20 Student Deaths and Even More Injuries Each Year

We have represented children who suffered serious injury when buses overturned because they were operated at unsafe and dangerous speeds. In another case, the bus driver actually fell asleep while driving. Long hours behind the wheel, as demanded by the bus company, led to driver fatigue, resulting in a serious bus accident that caused traumatic epilepsy and fractures.

The school bus accident attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP represented young girls who were passengers on a bus returning from a summer field trip. Through investigation of the bus accident, we were able to prove that the driver was not properly qualified to operate a vehicle and was driving too fast. Because of inattention, he struck a car traveling in front of him. The bus driver lost control of the bus, causing it to overturn on the highway. The elementary school-age children we represented were thrown out of an open window. All children complained of headaches and had cuts and bruises on their faces and heads. They were taken to the hospital where it was discovered that one child had a broken leg, another had a broken arm, and the third, a fractured skull.

When our bus accident lawyers became involved in the case, after reviewing the children’s medical records and fearing that these children might have also suffered traumatic brain injuries, referrals to a children’s neurologist and neuropsychologist were made. These careful evaluations revealed that one of these children was suffering from a form of epilepsy caused by the bus accident. The other two children were at risk for possibly developing learning difficulties caused by minor brain trauma received. After beginning a lawsuit, a settlement was reached providing lifelong benefits for the children.

Because of bus driver’s inattention, we have also seen cases of children injured when they were run over by the bus while getting on or off of the vehicle. Injuries also take place because children are discharged in an unsafe location. These accidents often lead to concussions and other forms of brain damage.

Despite laws in all states that require drivers to stop when a school bus is picking up or discharging passengers, these laws are frequently ignored by vehicle operators. Investigators following school buses that stop and put out the stop sign arm found that many drivers just ignore the warning and go around the stopped bus.

If you or your child has been injured in a bus crash, contact the bus accident attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP now for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your personal injuries whether you were an injured bus passenger, innocent pedestrian, or the operator of a motor vehicle that was involved in the bus accident.