Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents in Rhode Island often result in a broad range of injuries. If you suffered any serious injury in a Rhode Island bus accident, you could be entitled to significant compensation from the parties responsible for the crash. But you can’t count on them to do what’s right and pay you what you deserve. You need an attorney to fight for your best interests and maximum compensation for your losses.
At Bottaro Law, Mike and his experienced legal team stand ready to help you get maximum compensation for your bus accident injuries. You have our word that we will work tirelessly to prove the nature and extent of your injuries and hold the at-fault parties accountable.
At Bottaro Law, we make it easy. Our Rhode Island bus accident law firm is dedicated to fighting for injury victims, even when that means taking on big corporations, government agencies, and their insurance companies. With our exclusive “No Fee Guarantee,” you can count on us to offer case reviews, 24/7 service, and effective legal representation without any upfront charges. You only pay if we win you money.
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Common Types of Bus Accident Injuries in Rhode Island
Bus accidents often result in serious injuries for several reasons. Buses are larger and heavier than most other vehicles. They also sit higher off the road, making them more likely to roll over in an accident. Additionally, buses usually lack the same safety features as cars and trucks, such as seatbelts and airbags. Passengers are left more vulnerable in a collision without these safety measures.
A few examples of common types of bus accident injuries that occur in Rhode Island include:
- Head injuries – Bus accidents can cause head injuries when passengers hit their heads on seats, windows, or roofs during a collision. Head injuries may also occur when projectiles strike or pierce the skull during a crash.
- Neck injuries – A neck injury is any injury that affects the muscles, bones, or other structures of the neck. Bus accidents frequently cause neck injuries when passengers’ necks undergo jerking motions during a crash or when passengers get hit by objects flying inside the bus during a collision.
- Traumatic brain injuries – A TBI is an injury that causes direct damage to the brain by a blow, jolt, or penetrating wound to the head. Bus accidents can cause TBIs when passengers hit their heads on hard surfaces or get struck by projectiles during a collision.
- Spinal cord injuries – Damage to the spinal cord can cause loss of movement and feeling in the rest of the body. Bus accidents can cause spinal cord injuries when passengers get crushed by collapsing structures inside the bus or struck by flying objects in a crash.
- Chest injuries – Examples of chest injuries include broken ribs and damage to internal organs in the abdomen. Bus accidents can cause chest injuries when passengers sustain blunt-force trauma in a collision or get compressed between bus seats.
- Back injuries – Some common back injuries include herniated discs and compressed vertebrae. Bus accidents can cause back injuries when passengers are violently jolted, sustain blunt-force trauma, or get compressed between seats in a crash.
- Broken bones – Broken bones can occur in a bus accident when passengers are thrown around the inside of the bus, crushed between collapsing structures, or struck by flying objects.
- Scrapes and cuts – Scrapes, cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds are sometimes relatively minor injuries that affect the surface of the skin and some layers of tissue beneath it. In more severe cases, a bus accident can cause deep skin wounds that lead to significant blood loss, infections, and other health complications.
- Soft tissue injuries – A soft tissue injury is any injury that affects muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other soft tissues in the body. Bus accidents can cause soft tissue injuries when passengers get sliced by broken glass, hit by objects inside the bus, or slammed into hard surfaces of the bus interior.
- Loss of limb – A bus accident can cause the loss of a limb through severe blunt-force trauma, slicing injuries from broken glass or sharp metal, or crushing injuries from getting trapped in deformed structures. Some cases of lost limbs involve the surgical amputation of a heavily damaged body part.
- Emotional injuries – An emotional injury is an injury that occurs due to psychological or emotional trauma from a bus accident. Emotional injuries can have severe and long-lasting effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, anxiety, depression, and new phobias.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Bus Accident?
The aftermath of a bus accident can feel overwhelming and confusing, but there are several simple steps you can take to get a jump start on your injury claim:
- Seek immediate medical care to have a doctor diagnose, treat, and make a record of your injuries.
- Follow your doctor’s care plan to give your body the resources it needs to heal.
- Gather evidence from the crash, including photos of the scene, info about the bus and its driver, and statements from witnesses and passengers.
- Hang on to medical bills and other proof of crash-related financial losses.
- Keep a journal to record observations about the pain and physical limitations you experience due to the bus accident
- Watch what you say to other parties before you speak with an attorney.
- Refrain from sharing information or photos online while your claim is pending.
- Discuss your case with a trusted attorney from Bottaro Law before you speak to anyone else.
How Much Is My Bus Accident Case Worth?
If you get hurt in a Rhode Island bus accident, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim against one or more parties, such as the bus driver’s employer, another road user, or the transportation company. With a successful claim, you could recover compensation for the following types of bus accident-related losses:
- Hospital bills and other medical expenses related to your injuries
- Incidental expenses, such as out-of-pocket travel costs for medical appointments
- Lost income from any time you miss work due to your injuries
- Projected losses in future earning capacity due to permanent injuries
- Subjective losses, such as pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life
How Do I Get Started with My Bus Accident Case?
Dealing with bus companies and insurers can be stressful, time-consuming, and overwhelming. Instead of trying to handle your case yourself, turn to Mike and his legal team, who know how to handle these complex claims. We can investigate the accident, determine liability, and fight for the compensation you need.