Bus accidents may be relatively rare compared to other types of traffic accidents. However, when they do occur, the consequences are often catastrophic. Bus passengers, who are often not restrained by seatbelts, suffer significant traumatic injuries such as head injuries, broken bones, internal injuries and spinal cord trauma. Bus companies are responsible for the safety of their passengers. Injured bus accident victims have the right to seek financial support for their injuries, damages and losses. Anyone who has been injured in a bus accident would benefit from a consultation with an experienced Washington bus accident attorney to better understand his or her legal rights and options.
Bus Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 11,000 injury crashes involving buses in the year 2011. In those accidents, about 24,000 people were injured. The FMCSA estimates that there were approximately 153.1 injury accidents for every 100 million bus miles traveled.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Washington Bus Accident
The actions you take after being injured in a bus accident could have a significant impact on your ability to receive compensation for your medical bills and other related damages. If you have been hurt in a Washington bus accident, it is advisable to:
- Request and receive immediate medical assistance from first responders.
- Collect information from the scene of the crash. Write down the license plate number of the vehicles involved and the bus driver’s information, including driver’s license and insurance. Take notes about the location and time of the crash and where you were seated in the bus at the time of the collision.
- Use your cell phone to photograph your injuries, the damage to the bus and your seat on the bus.
- Gather contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash and who may have seen you getting injured.
- Write down everything you remember about the accident. Your memory of the incident may fade with time. Having a written record of your recollections can help you stay consistent when talking with insurance providers.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are documented in your medical records. Getting prompt medical attention will also maximize your chances of a speedy and full recovery.
- Make sure your name is on the police report.
- Do not provide a written statement to anyone or sign a medical record access authorization.
- Discuss your legal rights and options with a bus accident attorney.
Understanding Your Rights
Bus companies have a legal obligation to provide the utmost level of care to their passengers. If you have suffered an injury in a Washington bus accident, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Bernard Law Group to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. Please do not accept a settlement from the bus company or the insurance company without first understanding what your claim is worth. Please contact us at 1-800-418-8282 for a free and comprehensive consultation.