A Long Island man who was injured in an MTA bus accident in New York way back in 2009 has finally been awarded his financial settlement. A jury found both the MTA and the individual bus driver at fault for the 2009 bus accident in Queens which essentially destroyed Calvin Tarpley’s life. The jury awarded Tarpley a $12.5 million verdict as compensation for not only his injuries but for lost wages as well.
Mr. Tarpley, suffered severe back and neck injuries–requiring extensive surgery–after an MTA bus crashed into his pickup truck in Queens. Tarpley had been instructed to pull to the side of 118th Street in Queens by a traffic enforcement officer just moments before the MTA bus smashed into his vehicle. Though the circumstances of this particular New York City bus accident were unique, the law was clearly on Mr. Tarpley’s side.
The Queens bus accident left Tarpley in pain (even after his recovery) unable to return to work. He was faced with a dramatically reduced income and burdened with significant medical bills. He sued the MTA for compensation and won. However, an official from the MTA told reporters that the agency would be reviewing the award and deciding whether or not to seek an appeal.
This case demonstrates just how difficult it can be for bus accident victims in New York to get the compensation they deserve. Not only does the legal system move slowly–it took Mr. Tarpley nearly 7 years to see a verdict–but it can be complicated and requires expert knowledge to navigate correctly.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential that you contact an expert New York City bus accident attorney immediately if you’ve been injured in a crash or even struck by an MTA vehicle while on foot. The sooner you act, the sooner you may receive the money you deserve.
Contact the experienced New York City bus accident lawyers at the Law Office of Nussin S. Fogel to schedule your free consultation. Call (800)734-9338 or212-385-1122 to learn your rights today.