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What to do after a bus accident

Car accidents occur daily but any vehicle is at risk of a crash. Accidents on public transportation can be even more fatal than other accidents, often ending in lost lives or severe injuries and disabilities. If you are in a bus accident, you have every right to pursue a lawsuit for your injuries. However, gathering the proper information will greatly help your chances at a successful claim.

Information you will need

Always call 911 after a bus crash. You and many other passengers will probably need medical assistance. You should also report the crash to the police so that they can document the details and keep it on record. Accident reports are very valuable when pursuing a claim.

Try to get contact information from other passengers who are not being assisted. Exchange names and phone numbers. They may be able to act as a witness during your claims process if needed.

Accidents almost always cause physical damage, even if your injuries do not appear for days or weeks after the crash. If you do not receive emergency treatment, visit a doctor within a week of the accident. Keep all medical notes and records from your visits. This is key information to receiving the compensation you need.

What you can recover

Just as in a car accident, your injury claim can cover the cost of your medical treatment, any ongoing rehabilitation for your injuries, and lost wages for missed work time. If you lost a loved one because of a bus accident, you can file a wrongful death claim.

Challenges you might face

Although you have the right to file a lawsuit, it may difficult to do so. The accident usually involves many parties, such as the driver and the driver’s employer, so it can be a challenge to prove who was liable. The transit company will have insurance for situations like this but getting the coverage you deserve is a complicated process. In these situations, it is usually a good idea to ask a personal injury attorney about the next steps you should take.

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