Public transportation is a key way for many people to cross New York City without taking a long walk or facing rush-hour traffic. But buses aren’t always safe. Just like a car or other vehicle, they can crash, leaving you seriously injured.
But what can you do after a bus accident, and what steps do you need to take to ensure your future is protected? If you’re hurt and need guidance on your next steps, check out the steps below and reach out for the help you need.
Get Medical Attention
After you’re hurt in a bus accident, you may need medical care to help you recover from your injuries. Many buses don’t have or enforce seat belts. Because of this, you may be at risk for serious injuries, especially if you are struck at high speeds.
That means you may be suffering from brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and more severe injuries. Getting medical care now, not later, can help protect your health and even save your life.
But not all injuries, both physical and mental, are obvious right away. For example, you may not realize you’re suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) until you suffer a flashback while driving. Some injuries, like whiplash, may not cause pain for weeks after the injury. Because of this, you may need to act now, not later to get help.
Identify the Liable Party
Bus accident injuries can be serious, so you need to know you’re filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the correct party. Your first thought may be the bus driver, who may have been driving drowsy, texting and driving, or otherwise not following the rules of the road.
But the driver may not be financially liable, even if they—and not another driver or party—caused the accident. Their employer is responsible for the actions of their employees. That means you may need to speak to your lawyer about identifying the bus company and seeking compensation through them.
Know Your Bus Accident Claim’s Value
Once you’ve determined who’s at fault for your injuries, you may think you’re ready to seek compensation through their insurance company, or to file a lawsuit. But you need to know what compensation you’re due before you make the next step.
After a bus accident, you need compensation that covers your economic and non-economic damages. These damages are the financial, mental, and emotional suffering you experienced because of your accident.
These damages can be tough to calculate, especially because some of them may not have a set dollar value attached. Because of this, you may need to speak with your lawyer if you’ve suffered any of the following damages or ones like them:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional trauma
Talk to a Bus Crash Lawyer to Go After Fair Compensation
When you’re hurt in a bus accident, getting compensated is one of the toughest steps. Luckily, the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP offer free consultations, so you can prepare for your claim. Get professional legal aid when you call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete the online contact form below.