Bus accidents can be especially devastating due to the amount of passengers onboard, coupled with the lack of seat belts provided to passengers. Passengers are allowed to move about the vehicle, walking to the bathroom, moving between seats, and standing if seats are unavailable.
As the number of buses on the road increase, the amount of people injured in bus accidents also rises. Each school day in 2013, nearly 468,000 school buses transported 28.8 million children to and from school and school-related activities, and that does not include public city buses or charter buses.
With so many people riding buses, it is not surprising that approximately 12,000 people are injured and 330 people are killed every year in bus accidents. If you have been injured in a bus accident, the lawyers at Gentry & Ashton Law can help. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your personal injury whether you were injured as a passenger, bus operator, innocent pedestrian, or operator of a separate vehicle that was involved in a bus accident.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Hurt in a Bus Accident?
If you have been injured in a bus accident, the attorneys at Gentry & Ashton Law are ready to help you. We recommend you take the following steps:
CALL THE POLICE: Call the police to the scene as it is important to get a police report of the incident.
OBTAIN INSURANCE INFORMATION: Make sure you get the insurance information of anyone involved in the accident. Be sure to write down their license plate number, contact number, address, and driver’s license number.
DOCUMENT PROPERTY DAMAGE AND INJURIES: The best record of damages and injuries are photographs. If you can, take numerous pictures of any buses and/or cars involved, any damage present on any of the vehicles involved, and any injuries you have incurred.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION: See your doctor as soon as possible. Make sure all injuries are documented, no matter how minor they might seem.
CONSULT AN ATTORNEY: Once you have seen the doctor, your next step is to call a bus accident attorney. We can help you determine what your next actions will be.
If you have been involved in a bus accident, you need a dedicated attorney by your side.