When you get on a bus, you are entrusting the bus driver and operating company with your safety and well-being. Unfortunately, thousands of bus accidents occur in the United States every year. From charter buses to school buses, these types of accidents do happen, and the injuries that result are often devastating. If you are ever involved in a bus accident, you need to take the following steps so you can pursue compensation for any injuries or property damages you suffered.
Call the Police
Although the bus driver is generally responsible for calling emergency services to the scene of the accident, there are various accident scenarios in which the driver or other bus staff is unable to call for help. Calling the police will mean that the details of the accident will be documented once they arrive, which is crucial for building your case to recover compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t notice any injury symptoms right away, you need to get medical attention from emergency medical services, a hospital, or your physician as soon as possible following a bus accident. Delayed injuries frequently occur in these types of accidents, which is why you need to undergo a physical exam and take X-rays to determine if you sustained internal damage.
Document the Accident Scene
No matter what type of accident you are involved in, you need to document the scene. If you can, take pictures and write down specific details so that you will remember them later on. You should also get the names and contact information of the driver, other passengers, and witnesses. All of this information be will important if you end up filing a lawsuit against the bus company.
Avoid Making Statements About Your Injuries
Bus companies usually have good insurance policies that cover a variety of issues that can arise with their vehicles. Although the bus company might have adequate insurance, the insurer will do whatever it takes to avoid paying out a claim. Before you discuss your accident injuries with any insurance adjusters, you should consult with a knowledgeable lawyer to discuss all of your options under the law.
Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is here to help you recover financial compensation if you have been seriously injured in a bus accident. Please call our firm today at (800) 462-7160 or contact us online for a free case consultation.