Bus accidents can often be far worse than a typical fender bender. Since buses have numerous occupants in them and are much larger than an average passenger vehicle, the likelihood of injuries is greatly increased. So what happens when you have been involved in a bus accident, whether as a passenger or another motorist? We know that this can be a very confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming time. Things that you normally would remember to tackle may get lost in the messy nature of such accidents. That is why we have provided this go-to list for the five most important things you need to do following an accident.
1. Seek Medical Care Right Away
As soon as you can exit the bus or leave the accident scene in a safe manner, make sure to do so. Large busses can catch on fire or even result in nearby accidents due to onlookers. The sooner you can get to a safe spot and get medical care for your injuries, the better. If your injuries are severe enough, you may be brought to the hospital for immediate care and attention.
2. Report the Accident & Talk to Witnesses
When you don’t need emergency medical care, take the time to report the accident to the police to ensure that a police report is filed. While the bus driver will likely be reporting the accident to authorities and their supervisors, don’t simply assume they will. If you are able to do so, call the police right after the accident for immediate help. Tell them what happened in detail to ensure your side of the story is on record. You can also find other witnesses who were on the bus or nearby when the accident happened. If they have any additional insight, it is good to take their information down.
3. Gather As Much Evidence as Possible
Take pictures of the accident scene if you are able to. This can greatly help with courtroom evidence down the road. Try to capture as much of the collision and the surrounding areas as possible, including stoplights, traffic signs, skid marks, and any other helpful evidence. You should also try to get evidence and statements from witnesses, as mentioned above. Lastly, documenting your injuries can help create solid evidence for your lawyer to use in court or negotiations if necessary.
4. Keep a Record of All Damages & Injuries
Any damages related to the bus accident should be kept organized and safe. Make sure you collect all receipts, bills, and other records that may help you determine the financial damages you suffered due to the collision. This includes visits to your doctor, physical therapy sessions, gas bills for driving to and from the hospital, repairs to your vehicle, and any other additional costs you endured because of the accident.
5. Reach Out to a Personal Injury Attorney
Even if your case seems to be relatively straightforward, you will likely face opposition from the bus driver’s insurance company. More than that, you may miss out on compensation from liable parties you didn’t identify, such as the bus driver’s employer, the bus manufacturer, or even the city for a poorly designed street layout or highway defect. When you retain a legal advocate who understands this area of law, you can be confident knowing that no stone will be left unturned and maximum financial recovery will be achieved in your case.
Arnold & Itkin has recovered billions of dollars for injury victims in the last few years alone. We know how to handle serious accident claims. Talk to our lawyers today about your bus accident!