Road accidents happen all the time and bus accidents are no rare occurrence. Studies show that, on average, about 63,000 buses are involved in traffic collision each year. These result in approximately 14,000 injuries and about 325 lead to death. Buses offer little protection for the passengers in the event of a crash, many of them lacking seatbelts and even when they do have them, they are often not used. As a result, when an accident occurs, passengers are thrown all over the bus, suffering severe trauma caused by the impact with different objects or other passengers.
Here, at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we don’t think it’s right for you or your loved one to pay for someone else’s negligence, and we understand that monetary compensation is the last thing you want to think about in these hard times. However, that does not change the fact that unexpected costs arise from these situations and you need to be able to continue with your life. As such, whether it was you who suffered the injuries, or a member of your family, we are dedicated to recovering compensation for you.
What to Do after a Bus Accident
Seek medical assistance. Even if you feel like you haven’t been injured, it is important to receive a medical examination in order to be sure. This way, you’re putting your health first, and, at the same time, the medical reports will help you with your future claims.
If you are able to, collect any evidence that could potentially strengthen your future case. Check if there is footage of the accident, take pictures of the accident from multiple angles, write down any details while your memory is still fresh. It often happens that the bus company, the driver or the insurance company will try to minimize the effects of the accident in an attempt to protect themselves from future lawsuits and claims.
This evidence along with your clear account of the events that took place will increase your winning chances in a potential lawsuit.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer specialized in bus accidents. A good lawyer will be with you every step of the way and always have your best interests in mind as well as make sure that you do not settle for any less compensation than you deserve
Common Injuries that Can Occur Following a Bus Accident
Due to the nature of this type of accident, passengers are open to a wide range of possible injuries:
What Causes Bus Accidents on the Road?
Some of the most common include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver lack of experience or training
- Distracted driving or negligence
- Overloaded buses and bad weight distribution
- Road conditions
- Vehicle and equipment defects
- Lack of passenger protection
Can I Claim Compensations for My Injuries and Losses?
If you have been a victim in a bus accident and suffered injuries, or if a member of your family died as a result of such an accident, there is a high chance that you can claim compensation.
The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm is a personal injury law firm operating in Sacramento County and we can help you make sure that you live your life as close to normal as possible after your injuries and losses. We have years of experience in all areas of personal injury law and we have handled cases like yours before.