Important Factors to Consider When You Are Involved in a Bus Accident
If you are entering into a bus as a passenger, it is likely that you are entrusting the driver or owner of the bus with your safety. Whether it is a shuttle, tour bus, school bus, or even a city bus, you should know that you have special rights as a passenger. While most busses will be safe, accidents can nonetheless happen.
If you have been involved in a bus accident, it is important to understand that the consequences of such can be far more drastic than a common car collision. When involved in a bus accident, there will usually be more victims involved, more responsible parties, and the injuries and/or damages sustained can be far more serious. If you have been injured, seeking the advice of a specialized attorney can help you in the process of filing for a claim. Filing a claim against the negligent party can help you recover a monetary compensation for your losses.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
As a victim of any traffic accident, one of your first priorities should always be to seek medical attention. The bus driver may contact emergency medical services for you and others involved; however, if the driver has been injured or for other reasons has not contacted an emergency response team, you should consider dialing 9-1-1. By contacting an emergency response team, you will be documenting the incident. Usually, the responding officers will file a report that may be instrumental in preserving the names of witnesses and other evidence.
It is also important to remember that due to the adrenaline rush one typically experiences during such circumstances, you may not have any immediate pain or reaction to your injuries. If you experience pain or discomfort, seek immediate medical care, even if it is a day or days after the incident. You may be examined for head trauma, spine, and/or back injuries or other related injuries medical staff recommend.
Be sure to check with a qualified personal injury attorney who can ensure that your claim is filed according to the appropriate laws.
- Document details of the scene.
If you have the ability to do so, document any details of the scene you can. While a police report can be useful, the report may miss other important factors. The following are some important pieces of evidence you should consider documenting, if it is safe to do so:
- Eyewitness’ contact information,
- Take pictures of street signs,
- Take pictures of roadway conditions, and/or
- Take pictures of the impacted vehicle(s)
Seek Legal Support
Being the victim of a bus accident can lead to many consequences. While some consequences can be temporary, others can have long lasting effects. Consider seeking the advice of a legal professional that can guide you through the process of filing for a claim. The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are dedicated to helping bus accident victims. Seek the guidance and support of a qualified team of experienced personal injury attorneys.