Being in any accident is scary and traumatizing, but being in an accident where you have no control over the situation can be especially scarring. While they are rare, bus accidents do happen, leaving dozens of people upset or injured. What’s worse is most buses lack the proper safety devices to keep passengers safe from harm during an accident. Public transportation buses often do not have any type of seat belt or safety restraints, because accidents are rare, but when accidents do happen they can be devastating. If you have been in an accident on a city bus or other form of public transportation, it is important to know what your options are. If you take public transportation regularly, it is also important to know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you need to do after being in any accident is seek medical attention. Whether you are injured or not, it is essential that law enforcement is called so that the accident is documented. If the bus driver is unable to call 911 for any reason, call yourself so emergency personnel and law enforcement are dispatched immediately. If you feel like you aren’t injured, it is important to get checked out by the emergency medical personnel just to make sure nothing is wrong, because after a certain amount of time, any injuries may not be covered on an insurance claim.
Document Anything you Can
The second most important thing you can do, if you are not seriously injured and unable to, is document as much as possible. This will help with the insurance claim, but will also be valuable information for your attorney if you file a lawsuit against the bus company. Important information can include the names and numbers of the other victims and the bus driver, so that your attorney can contact others involved in the case to obtain information.
Contact an Attorney
Once you’ve received any medical attention you need, it is time to contact an attorney if you feel you have a claim against the bus company. An attorney can help you figure out if you have a case against the bus company and can help you get the financial help you may need, especially if you have a major injury requiring a lot of medical expenses. Most injury lawyers also will not charge you for a consultation, so speaking with one is free to you and can help you determine what case you may have.
If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding a city bus or other form of public transportation and have been injured, you may be entitled to more than the transportation company’s insurance will give you. Contact us at DRA eLaw today to speak with a member of our team of professionals. We can look over your case and help you determine if you are entitled to more than you’ve received. A consultation is free to you, so why wait!