An Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help
For some reason, we think buses are safer than cars. We trust the driver whether it is a city bus, shuttle bus, tour bus or school bus. But unfortunately, bus accidents aren’t that uncommon. Considering the fact that most buses do not have seat belts or air bags yet carry a lot of people, the consequences of a bus accident can be terrible.
Due to the high stakes that are usually involved, bus accident claims can get very complex. There are more victims and more responsible patties than in a regular car accident. That is why you need help from an experienced and qualified bus accident lawyer. He will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Besides getting professional legal help, there are important things you need to do after a bus accident.
Get medical help
The first thing to do immediately after a car accident is to make sure you are safe. Check yourself for injuries. Even if you do not have any immediately apparent injuries, you should still get yourself checked out by a medical professional because there might be injuries you do not know about. Also, the shock and adrenaline may sometimes cause you to not feel pain for hours following the accident. Once you’ve confirmed your own safety, you can check on the others involved in the accident.
Do not talk to the other parties
Of course, you can talk to other parties to make sure they are okay. But do not apologize or say anything that could indicate that you were at fault for the accident. Insurance companies will use anything you say to reduce or even deny your injury claim.
Report the accident
Call the police and report that there has been a bus accident. If it is a school bus, you can also notify the school office. It is a good idea to contact a bus accident lawyer as soon as possible if you know one. He will tell you how to behave and what to do.
Ask other parties for their information
If there is no emergency and everything is quite safe, you can get the information about other people on the bus. It includes both passengers and the driver. The reason you need this is to strengthen your case and maximize the settlement amount. So, get the evidence of other people’s injuries. Try to ask the bus driver for his license, bus registration documents and insurance information. If he doesn’t mind, take pictures of those papers just in case. Your bus accident lawyer can help you gather the necessary documents.
Talk to the witnesses
If there are witnesses around, ask them for their contact information. They may provide a statement on your behalf.
Any details might help you increase the compensation amount. So, take as much pictures as possible. You need photos of all the damages to the bus, other vehicles, street lights, etc. Get the street address, too.
Be careful with the insurers
If the other party’s insurance provider contacts you, be careful what you say. The best thing is to tell them to talk to your bus accident lawyer and say no more. Remember, they will use any statement you make against you, for the sake of preserving their bottom line.
Do not accept the first offer
The insurance company will offer you an initial settlement claiming that it’s the best they can do. But chances are that they are bluffing. Accepting the initial settlement offer can be a costly mistake, and it is what the insurance company wants and hopes for.
Get the help of a qualified bus accident lawyer
Lawyers have experience in dealing with insurance companies. They know how to increase your compensation because their fee depends on it in most cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, call Wilshire Law Firm at 1-800-52-CRASH and let us fight to protect your best interests!
Last Updated: 03-24-2017