Bus/Limo Accident Attorneys | Lawyers for the Injured


Personal Injury Lawyers Criminal Defense Attorneys Albany NY

Bus/Limo Accidents | Personal Injury Attorneys

Whether as a passenger, a driver, or a pedestrian, if you are involved in a bus accident or limousine accident, it can be one of the scariest, and oftentimes deadliest types of motor vehicle crashes. Operators of buses and limos have a responsibility to protect their passengers, fellow motorists, and pedestrians. Keeping you and your loved ones safe and adhering to the rules of the road must be a top priority for any driver or owner of a party bus, city bus, charter bus, shuttle bus, stretch limousine, school bus or hired car.  Bus and limousine accident cases are often complex as they involve numerous individuals who have been hurt and numerous possible defendants. Pursuing a bus accident or limousine accident case for injuries you or your loved one sustained requires a personal injury lawyer with in-depth knowledge of New York State laws and regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bus/Limo Accidents

Our personal injury lawyers provide answers to some important questions below.

What types of bus crashes can occur?2024-02-06T18:36:11+00:00

Bus accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Some common types of bus accidents include:

  • Bus Rollovers
  • Head-on Collisions
  • Rear-end Collisions
  • Pedestrian Accidents
What special requirements apply to buses and limos?2020-08-15T15:23:23+00:00

In New York, the operators of passenger vehicles such as buses and limousines must comply with state specific registration requirements. These vehicles often have several passengers who do not have access to seatbelts, are not wearing a seatbelt, and are without the protection of an airbag, making any collision particularly dangerous. The weight and size of these vehicles makes any collision extremely serious. Strict registration requirements including inspections ensure that the vehicle is road worthy and safe. There are also special licensing requirements for drivers so that both the passengers inside the vehicles and others on the roadways are safe and protected from harm. A driver or company that fails to abide by these requirements can be held liable if an accident and injuries occur.

If I am injured in a limousine or bus accident, who is responsible?2020-08-15T15:23:00+00:00

When a tragedy occurs in a bus or a limousine it is important for a personal injury lawyer who handles limousine or bus crash cases to examine all theories of liability against any potential defendant. There are many entities that may be responsible for your injuries including:

  • The company that owned and operated the bus or limousine
  • The driver of the bus or limousine
  • Any business that serviced the bus or limousine
  • The manufacturer of any defective product that may have caused the crash
  • The state or municipality responsible for the road if the design or condition of the road caused the crash
How do I receive compensation for my injuries or the death of a loved one if the injury happens because of a bus or a limousine crash?2023-05-26T14:49:36+00:00

To receive compensation for personal injuries or wrongful death, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant was negligent or failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner. Your bus or limousine crash attorney will build a case that shows how the defendant’s conduct was a substantial factor in causing your injuries or the death of your loved one. Once your accident lawyer shows that the defendant was at fault, the defendant must pay the full and fair money damages for the injuries suffered. A lawsuit can either be resolved through settlement before a trial, or by successfully prevailing at a trial.


What type of compensation is available in a civil lawsuit?2020-08-15T15:22:15+00:00

Compensation can be provided for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and in extreme cases punitive damages. These categories include both past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, and past and future pain and suffering. Punitive damages are only allowed in the most extreme of cases where the injury was caused by someone’s reckless conduct. The purpose of punitive damages is to dissuade the defendant and others from acting with that level of recklessness again.

If I am injured while on a bus or in a limo, who pays my medical bills?2020-08-15T15:21:51+00:00

If you were injured on a bus, your own automobile insurance carrier will pay for your no-fault benefits which include medical expenses, lost earnings and reasonable and necessary expenses incurred, up to $25 dollars per day. If you were not insured, the insurance carrier for a relative you live with will pay. If neither you nor a resident relative has an automobile insurance policy, then the bus’s insurance carrier must pay for these benefits.

How much time do I have to pursue a claim against a bus or limousine company?2020-08-15T15:21:30+00:00

Generally, in New York, the time to bring a claim against a privately owned bus or limousine company is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, modes of public transportation are different than other common carriers because they are often run by government entities like a transit authority or school district, rather than a private company. In New York there are shorter time frames to file a claim against a governmental entity which may require that a claim be filed as early as 90 days after the accident occurs. Missing a deadline could result in the victim’s claim being lost forever. Therefore, it is extremely important to contact an experienced bus accident or limo accident lawyer who can ensure your rights are protected.

Should I retain an injury lawyer who has experience handling bus or limousine crashes?2020-08-15T15:21:08+00:00

Yes. It is always in your best interests to retain a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling claims similar to yours.

Have laws in New York been passed to increase the available insurance coverage in limousine crash cases?2020-08-15T15:20:33+00:00

Yes. Effective January 2020 a law took effect which increases the coverage requirement for certain for-hire motor vehicles including stretch limousines. The combined single limit of insurance coverage available for an injury in a limousine crash where the limousine involves seating 8 or more passengers for hire is now $1,500,000. This type of policy covers bodily injury and death to one or more persons because of injury to or destruction of property in any one accident.

Timeline of a Personal Injury Case

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Bicycle Accident
Plaintiff suffered two dislocated shoulders and a dislocated elbow after he was struck by a vehicle, which negligently swerved onto the shoulder and into the bike lane.


Automobile Accident
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle which went off the road and rolled over, causing him to suffer significant permanent injuries, including skull fracture; fractured mandible requiring surgical placement of plates and screws; facial fractures and lacerations; sternal fracture; spinal fractures; lacerations to spleen, liver and lung; multiple rib and toe fractures; tinnitus and hearing loss; post-traumatic stress disorder; facial scarring and numbness.


Worksite Injury
Plaintiff was injured when a fork from a forklift truck fell on top of his left leg, severely fracturing the tibia and fibula, requiring numerous surgeries and resulting in a permanent, partial loss of use of his leg.


Worksite Injury
Plaintiff was an ironworker who was injured when he fell from a ladder, suffering fractures to both elbows resulting in permanent loss of strength and loss of range of motion in both arms. His impairment limited the number and types of employment opportunities and limited his future earning potential.


Wrongful Death
Plaintiff, a 49-year-old man, was discharged from the hospital with critically low levels of potassium, which precipitated a fatal arrhythmia at home and subsequently caused his death. His family brought a claim against the hospital for medical negligence and wrongful death.


Farm/Tractor Accident
The infant plaintiff fell from a tractor being operated by a farm employee and was run over by the tractor. The 10-year-old boy suffered a femur fracture requiring surgery, multiple facial fractures requiring surgery, foot and toe fractures and loss of consciousness.


Federal Employers Liability Act/FELA
Plaintiff suffered a significant back injury while working for CSX.


Worksite Injury
Plaintiff, a roofing contractor, suffered a fractured skull, cervical spine fracture and fractured ribs after falling from a roof. The injuries left him with chronic pain and fatigue, limited tolerance for walking, lifting, or carrying and limitations in his hearing and vision.


Nursing Home Negligence
An 87-year-old man was discharged from a local hospital on the afternoon of his death and returned to his assisted living facility. His health began to deteriorate throughout that evening; a nurse was told to check on him but never did. Facility staff found him unconscious on the floor in his room later that evening; paramedics were unable to revive him. It was claimed that the facility failed to obtain appropriate medical advice, assistance and treatment.


Negligent Assault
Plaintiff was assaulted outside of a bar in Saratoga and as a result suffered a traumatic brain injury, a fractured skull, brain swelling and brain bleeding, facial contusions and bleeding, as well as lacerations and bruises on his body.  He also suffered from short and long term memory deficits and other cognitive deficits.


Medical Negligence
Plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of negligent monitoring of prescription medication.


* Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.

LaMarche Safranko Law Testimonials


Vicki Testimonial Transcript
Well, I met George in 2014. My son was arrested for a criminal offense, and George—he has this ability, it’s just who he is. He’s genuinely empathetic and he’s very compassionate and he has the ability to just make you feel safe. You know? I just always felt I was in great hands and my son was in good hands and that we would have a good outcome of our situation and we always have. And he’s brilliant. He’s a brilliant lawyer. He’s very skilled and very creative. He has excellent rapport with all the judges and DAs and officials, and he’s always found a rehabilitative outcome for my son which I genuinely appreciate.

Laurie Testimonial Transcript
George was referred to me by my estate attorney. They go way back and it was a great referral, I don’t think I could have done any better, it was a very good match for me. Something that was really really instrumental in the whole thing was George keeping us up-to-date on what was going on and very much included. I was invited to be at all the depositions if I wanted to be and he gave me all the written depositions to read through, so I was always up-to-date on what was going on and I felt like a part of the process. I would definitely recommend George to other people. In fact, about 2 weeks ago I did. A friend of mine was in a pedestrian car accident, she was the pedestrian and is in pretty rough shape, and he was the first person I thought of so I actually asked him if it would be in his purview and he said yes. And I know that she’s very happy with him so far.

Jules Testimonial Transcript
What brought me to the firm was a personal incident where Andrew was recommended to me very highly by a family friend who’s also an attorney, and Andrew represented me to great satisfaction in that case. What impressed me the most about Andrew was his direct straightforward approach, and he has this incredible way of setting you at ease and yet telling you the good and the bad of a situation. I felt that he was very much a straight shooter and lived up to the reputation that preceded him. I would recommend them and Andrew Safranko to anybody in the world. They’re just that class of a group of people.

Chuck Testimonial Transcript
Well, I came to LaMarche Safranko Law because I knew Andy was here and he’s helped me in the past and I just feel so comfortable coming to him because you know you’re going to get the best outcome that you can get in a criminal law field. He’s done such a fabulous job for me and I’ve seen what he does for me, so I’m sure he’ll do the same—put out the same effort and energy and zeal it takes to win their case like he has mine. I would feel very comfortable recommending him.

“I am an attorney who found himself in the middle of a serious, personal legal matter that compromised not only my personal life but my professional life as well. I immediately contacted Andrew (Andy) Safranko, Esq. Andy worked tirelessly and extremely hard to bring my legal situation to a very favorable resolution. In so doing, Andy not only saved certain aspects of my personal and professional life

Click here to read more…

Anonymous Attorney from Albany, NY

“Throughout the attorney client relationship regarding my personal injury lawsuit, George and his staff continually exhibited tremendous amounts of legal knowledge, skill, and a vast amount of expert resources that ultimately resulted in a final judgment in my favor.  George was there every step of the way to explain where we stood and what to expect next and there was never a need to question his professional judgment…

Click here to read more…

A client from Troy, NY

“Dear George, Andy and Staff,

Thank you all for your kindness and all your help in getting back to my wellbeing and life.  I could not have done it without you all.  Everything is going so well again.  I recommend you highly. Thanks Again!”

Click here to read more…

A client from Troy, NY

“The staff at LaMarche Safranko Law took care of  whatever I needed, it was just fabulous. It was top shelf, if I called, I got George. If he was in a meeting, they left him a message. He called me right back after the meeting. Everybody was very courteous and very nice there. If I left a voicemail, everybody got back to me quickly. The level of service  was very, very good and I would Highly recommend them.”

Click here to read more…

A personal injury client from Cohoes, NY

“Dear Andrew and George,

I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, diligence, and selfless manner that you put towards my legal difficulties in Colonie. From the first moment I met you, you helped reassure me that things were going to turn out in a more favorable manner than I originally thought. Clearly, the final result of my court case displays the quality of time and work that you put into this….

Click here to read more…

A client from Colonie, NY

“I can honestly say that the best decision I’ve ever made was retaining George LaMarche as my attorney. I was in a situation where everything wasat risk; my career, livelihood, and the ability to provide for my family. In desperation, I contacted over a dozen attorneys. The majority of the lawyers I spoke with promised results without seeing paperwork or knowing valuable facts….

Click here to read more…

A client from Albany, NY

“No one likes to be in a bad situation, but if you need a lawyer George is your man. Not only does he point you in the right direction he offers good advice for your future. As much as we bring him business he does not encourage that next time anticipation….

Click here to read more…

A client from Albany, NY

“The arrest of my husband in 2008 was an extremely difficult and emotional time for our family. The arrest turned our lives upside down. It was sudden and unexpected and had tragic emotional as well as financial consequences. I had no idea what to do under the circumstances….

Click here to read more…

A client from Upstate New York

“Dear Mr. Safranko,

Thank You so much for answering my question, and so expediently!

The dedication, respect, and consideration with which you treat your clients, current and past, is remarkable. It is why I reached out to you when searching in my time of need, and why I would highly recommend…

Click here to read more…

A client from Albany, NY

“I wanted to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. Andrew Safranko for the exceptional job he did in regards to my legal representation. Mr. Safranko displayed the utmost in professionalism and discretion during the entire court process, and took the time to explain each and every step….

Click here to read more…

A client from Schenectady, NY

“My family and I cannot thank George and his staff enough for all of the support and guidance they have given us over the past six months. Anyone who has ever suffered a personal injury knows how difficult they are to overcome, but I’m glad we had such an intelligent and hardworking attorney on our side so I could focus on my recovery rather than on the details of the case….

Click here to read more…

A personal injury client from Waterford, NY

“I cannot thank George E. LaMarche lll and his team for the excellent legal work they provided for my son, and in extension, our entire family. His experience, knowledge of the law, networking ability and communication is second to none. In our case, our son was wrongly accused by a small town police officer and charged with 5 tickets…

Click here to read more…

A client from Altamont, NY

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent representation on my recent matter. I have worked with lawyers, and in law firms much of my professional life, but I have never encountered the rare mix of skill, integrity and humanity in one individual—you….

Click here to read more…

A client from Rensselaer, NY

“Dear Andy,

Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son over the last three years.  This has been a very challenging time for our family and the knowledge that our son has an attorney as capable and amazing as you are has given us peace of mind!

Click here to read more…

Parents of a client from Cropseyville, NY
Go to Top