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Winning a Bus Accident Case

Are you hoping to be winning a bus accident case? Our firm has had experience in a jury trial in the New York State Supreme Court against the NFTA. In this case my client was a passenger aboard a metro bus. While she was standing on the metro bus, the bus driver was confronted with what was alleged to have been an emergency situation, actually two emergency situations. A postal truck had stopped in front of the bus and was in a driving lane and in or around the same time or about the same time my client was showing a bus pass that caused the bus driver to look away, glance away for a very short period of time. As a result of slamming on the brakes, which we alleged, my client was injured.

Winning a Bus Accident Case | Successful Case Against the NFTA

The NFTA in that case had alleged that their insured was not at fault for the accident. We alleged, obviously, that the bus driver should have taken appropriate action to know what was going on in front of her at the time. The NFTA had offered us $20,000 in settlement on that case, which we rejected and we went to trial. After trial, the jury found that the NFTA and the bus driver were 100% at fault for the accident and gave absolutely no responsibility to my client whatsoever. As a result of that, instead of $20,000 my client was to receive and has received $150,000.

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Winning a Bus Accident Case | First Settlement Offer

Oftentimes people ask me if they should accept the first offer that is made by an insurance carrier. My answer to that question invariably is absolutely not. In order to maximize recovery, the first thing I tell my clients is that we have to have patience; patience on behalf of the lawyer and patience on behalf of the client. We only get one shot at this and if we’re jumping at an opportunity to settle the case early on because we’re interested in a timing requirement as opposed to maximizing the recovery then the individual will end up walking away with less than they deserve.

Winning a Bus Accident Case | Fighting for Compensation

In order to win – and when I say when I mean providing my client with a number that is either at or above where we believe the case is worth – it’s necessary for us to take those initial offers, counter those offers with a demand that is significant enough that it offers us the ability to bring that insurance company to a number that is appropriate for the case. It’s only after those negotiations – sometimes intense negotiations – that we’re able to get to a number that is proper for the injuries sustained in that case.

If you would like to know more about winning a bus accident case, please call our Buffalo personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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