Truck and Bus Accidents
There are no worse accidents than with a truck or bus. The injuries sustained are the most serious of any accident and many times result in death. The law offices of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC have handled many truck and bus accidents throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City. These accidents result from reckless drivers who operate their tractor trailer or bus at an excessive rate of speed, drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel because of excessive hours driving, inexperience and over worked drivers, aggressive drivers, overweight trucks or improperly maintained vehicles with defective tires or brakes.
In prosecuting these cases, the law offices of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC retains investigation from all authorities who perform there own investigations including retaining accident reconstructionists, experts and investigators to obtain statements from eyewitnesses (i.e., other passengers on the bus) an collect physical evidence for trial.
The attorney handling truck and bus accidents must have full knowledge of the specific laws and rules governing trucks and buses. These laws include the Federal Motor Vehicle Standard, internal rules and regulations of each truck and bus company (i.e. number of hours a driver is allowed to drive before resting), the driver's disciplinary process, applicable Public Safety Board rules. In Westchester County the bus company used is Liberty Lines. The experienced attorney must know that this entity is a quasi governmental agency which must be served with a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. In New York City, the buses are run by MABSTOA who also require a 90 day Notice of Claim before a lawsuit can be started. Most truck companies are not run by governmental authorities and you have three years to sue them in New York State.
Recently there have been a rash of bus accidents with many lives lost and devastating injuries of passengers. These accidents are investigated and it has been found that most times the drivers are sleep deprived and fall asleep after working excessive hours leaving an uncontrolled bus that flips over or hits abutments causing many deaths. There has been a crack down on bus companies from China Town in New York City who charge low rates to travel to the gambling casinos and make money from vast number of riders. These bus companies have their drivers do excessive runs resulting in lack of sleep and crashes.
If you or a loved one has been in a bus or truck accident, contact us at Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC.