Obtaining Compensation After a Bus Accident
August 13th, 2015
Helping Bus Accident Victims Getting Compensation
Public transportation can be a great means of getting around. Not only does it minimize harmful emissions, but it also allows you to work while riding and it keeps traffic to a minimal, all of which leads to safer roads. However, public transport comes with its own hazards, as anyone who has been involved in a bus accident can attest to.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, you understand the detrimental effects it can have on an individual’s life, including lifelong injuries, unpayable medical bills, and a loss of ability to work. At Bottaro Law, we have a great deal of experience dealing with accident cases. We have seen the impact it can have on people’s lives, and that’s why we believe that any individual harmed by the negligence of another – especially in an accident – should receive the compensation that they deserve.
Bus drivers have what is known as a “duty of care” to uphold to passengers, placing them – to some degree – as responsible for the well-being of the passengers. If bus drivers do not drive responsibly, they risk the safety of the passengers. Some of the ways this could happen include when a bus driver is:
- overworked and exhausted,
- under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- not properly trained, or
- distracted – for example, by a cell phone.
Lack of proper safety equipment
Individuals in bus accidents may have a case even if the driver was not negligent. If a bus does not have the appropriate safety equipment, such as seat belts, or if it has not been properly maintained, an injured individual may also have a claim against the negligent parties. These may include the driver, the mechanics who service the bus, and the companies that own and operate the bus line.
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
If you are injured in a bus accident, there are some steps that you can take to help your case if you do end up filing a claim.
Photograph the scene – this includes photographs of the damage, the location, and any information provided about the driver.
Interview witnesses – if you are in an accident that occurred in a more populated area, it is very likely that someone saw the accident occur. You can use your cell phone to record them on audio or video, giving their perspective on what happened.
Document your injuries – If you experienced any injuries because of the accident, record them with pictures and timestamps, and do so for the next few days. Some injuries such as bruising can take days before you can really see the damage to your body.
Contact The Bottaro Law Firm for Your Bus Accident Case
Because these cases tend to be complex, you need an experienced bus accident attorney to counsel you – and represent you in court, if need be. At The Bottaro Law Firm, we will aggressively fight for compensation for any loss you may have sustained due to someone else’s negligence. Contact us online today to set up a free consultation.