What should you do if you've been injured in a bus accident?
The 32 year old driver of an RC Travelways coach bus died last Monday in a bus accident when the bus he was driving struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Connecticut, according to a news report. The bus was on its way from Boston to New York. Officials said that 18 of the 41 passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 700 million passengers are annually transported by buses nationwide . Many reach their destinations safely but from 1992 to 2012 there were nearly 578,000 people injured in bus accidents. 23,000 people were injured in 2012 alone.
Many bus accidents result from negligence which entitles injured passengers to sue for damages. Determining liability and other issues related to the accident can be complicated. People who are hurt in bus accidents should seek the advice of a skilled personal injury attorney to ensure that their rights to obtain medical care and financial compensation for their pain and suffering are protected.
What should you do if you’ve been injured in a bus accident?
First, seek medical attention immediately even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. There may be injuries that are not obvious to you. If you can, take pictures of the accident and any injuries that you or other passengers may have experienced. Also, try to obtain detailed information from everyone involved in the accident including both drivers and fellow passengers.
O’Dwyer & Bernstien has over 100 years representing victims of injury in New York City. Our attorneys have filed suit on behalf of numerous victims of bus accidents in both State and Federal Courts. If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury or death in a bus accident, contact O’Dwyer & Bernstien for a free consultation.