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If you or a loved one have been involved in a bus accident, you likely are confused and may not know what to expect or where to turn for information. These feelings are natural and it is helpful to know there are some Internet resources available that can answer some basic questions you may have about your injuries and/or receiving compensation from an at-fault bus driver.
Of course, if you have an attorney he or she is your most valuable resource as he or she is most familiar with the details of your case and can provide you with personalized advice. Nevertheless, the following websites may be able to assist you in finding answers to general questions or concerns you may have:
Many of these websites cannot provide you with legal assistance or advice but may contain information that you find helpful or interesting:
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov): NHTSA is a government agency focused on highway safety for all drivers. Its website contains important recall information, safety bulletins, and statistics that you may find relevant or interesting. Sometimes you may be able to discover whether the bus that struck you had a recall issued for it.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (www.fmcsa.dot.gov): FMCSA is another government agency that operates under the umbrella of the federal Department of Transportation. Its website contains links to the federal rules and regulations that govern bus drivers who travel interstate. For example, the FMCSA’s website has a link to the regulation that limits bus drivers to a certain number of hours behind the wheel each day as well as to the regulation that describes the insurance coverage bus drivers must have.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website is full of statistics about various types of injuries that befall Americans each year. In some cases, these statistics or fact sheets are accompanied by advice as to what you should do if you are suffering from a certain injury or illness.
- com (www.nolo.com): Nolo is a well-known legal-themed website that provides generic answers to common legal questions. It is important to note that neither Nolo nor any of its writers can provide you with legal advice – only your bus accident attorney can do that. It is always advisable that your take the advice you read on Nolo and run it by your attorney before acting on it. Failing to do so can easily put your claim for compensation in a perilous position.
Helpful Agencies or Entities
Depending on your specific needs following a bus accident, you may be able to reach out to community or government agencies for more specialized help. For example, community groups, churches and religious organizations, and other such groups may be able to provide you with assistance in meeting your medical expenses while your claim is pending. If you know the state in which the bus company was incorporated (sometimes printed on the side or back of the bus), that state’s Secretary of State or similar official may be able to provide you with information about the company, where it is located, and who is its designated contact person.
Despite these helpful websites and entities, your attorney remains your most valuable resource during the pendency of your bus accident lawsuit. At Zinda Law Group, we make it our goal to be there for our clients when they need us. We understand that for you and your family this is a very difficult and tumultuous time. We pride ourselves on helping answer your questions and assisting you in understanding the compensation process with care and patience while vigorously pursing your claim for compensation. Let us help you by calling our offices at (800) 863-5312 and scheduling a consultation with a member of our team of bus accident lawyers.