What Should I Do After A Bus Accident?
Written By: Attorney Elizabeth Whited
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Has your car been struck by a public transportation bus while you were driving? Were you crossing a street when a public bus hit you? Have you been injured while riding a city or school bus? According to the American Public Transportation Association, in 2018, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation. Public transportation is a $71 billion industry and it employs more than 430,000 employees. Approximately 6,800 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
People are relying on public transportation more each day. More organizations are involved in the public transportation industry, employing more drivers. This increases the likelihood of negligence of these employees and you could be in harm’s way.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a transit bus collision, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you with your personal injury claim and guide you through this process. Call (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation today!
I HAVE BEEN HIT BY A CITY BUS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you have been injured in a collision with a public transportation vehicle, you should seek treatment right away. You should go to a hospital or urgent care as soon as possible to be treated for your injuries. Then you should contact Zinda Law Group.
HOW DO I REPORT MY COLLISION AND INJURIES?
Preferably, the police were called to the scene of the crash and made a police report, incident report, or crash report. If not, call the local department and make a report.
WHAT IF THE POLICE DID NOT MAKE A REPORT?
If the police were not called to the scene or are refusing to come to the scene, you should document as much as you can. Did anyone see the collision? Those are witnesses. Collect their names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Is the driver acting oddly? Pull out your phone and record. Record any statements anyone is making. If the driver appears as if they have lost the normal use of their functions, record them. Take pictures at the scene. Take pictures of the area. For example, is the intersection controlled by traffic lights or signs, is there construction, is there items obstructing the view. Take pictures because these conditions may be gone tomorrow, or in a month or a year when your case goes to trial.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY INJURIES?
The driver of the bus that struck you is responsible for your injuries. But there may be additional parties at fault, such as the company that failed to train the driver, the city that did not supervise the driver adequately, or the school district that ignored the driver’s past driving history. These are all parties that may also be responsible.
THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER FOR THE BUS COMPANY IS CONTACTING ME, WHAT DO I SAY?
You have been hit and now an insurance adjuster is contacting you. They may ask for a recorded or written statement from you. This statement could be used in the future to influence your claim. Protect your rights, call the attorneys at Zinda Law Group before you make any statements to the adjuster. Allow the attorneys at Zinda Law Group to advise you and protect you.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER FOR THE BUS COMPANY IS OFFERING TO PAY ME?
Their insurance company will try to settle your case quickly and offer you as little money as they can. This is not in your best interest. The insurance adjuster is not looking out for you. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group know how these companies work. We advocate against them daily.
Read more about dealing with insurance adjusters.
HOW CAN ZINDA LAW GROUP HELP ME?
A claim against a bus company is a tedious process. Our attorneys take the stress away from you. During your time of pain, you should be healing and not answering questions from an insurance adjuster. Our attorneys advocate on your behalf and explain the process to you every step of the way.
Our attorneys also know that cases are won with in-depth investigation. Our team includes full-time investigators that seek out the evidence in every one of our cases. For instance, our investigators have located red light cameras that captured the entire collision and other camera footage from inside of the public buses showing the driver’s inattention as he struck a pedestrian. This evidence is paramount when negotiating a case to seek the maximum settlement amount. Our attorneys act quickly to gather the evidence and they are aggressive in advocating for their clients.
The attorneys at Zinda Law Group assess your medical bills when negotiating your case. However, they will also include your lost wages, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and need for future treatment.
TRUST THE BUS ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT ZINDA LAW GROUP
If you, or a loved one, has been injured or killed in a bus collision due to the driver’s negligence, call the attorneys of Zinda Law Group. Our experienced car accident attorneys are ready to take on the big insurance companies and fight for you. Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. Zinda Law Group represents their clients on a contingency fee basis. Therefore, you do not pay us anything unless we achieve a favorable outcome. That’s our No Win No Fee Guarantee.
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