Because bus accidents are different, the injuries can also tend to be varying. While many injuries can be related to a collision just like any other auto accident, there are other accidents that are specific to buses. You can have a claim while you’re getting on or off the bus that may or may not be collision related. Those are still valid injury claims.
The types of injuries we typically see with bus accidents include:
An important piece of a personal injury case is getting your injuries treated as soon as possible. It is the most important thing you can do for yourself so do not delay this. You should never ignore pain as you may end up dealing with a much more serious problem if it is not immediately treated. The insurance company will observe closely what you did following the accident and it can affect your compensation if you did not immediately seek treatment.
If you have a serious injury from a bus accident, compensation can be available to you. You do need to understand some crucial bits on information when you seek compensation which is relating to your damages and injuries.
You get compensated for three things; past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and past and future pain and suffering. Some of it is easily calculated, other times it is difficult to put a number on these damages. The severity of your injury and the impact it has on your life will go into how much compensation you can get.
The bus insurance company is going to be an obstacle that you will have to face if you are seeking compensation. They are who you are asking for compensation. They understand that they can reduce your compensation or eliminate your claim altogether if they can get you to slip up and say something wrong during a recorded statement. Do not take their phone call without first speaking to your lawyer.
Also, you need to understand if they can pin blame on you, that can impact your compensation. If you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, you can be barred from receiving compensation. If you are less than 50% at fault, your compensation award can be reduced. By hiring a lawyer right away, you can avoid this happening to you.
There are a few things that should happen if you want to ensure you have the best chance at full compensation. You must take all of these steps to do it properly. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your case is as strong as it can be.
As stated, your health is the priority. You need to make sure that you are getting your injuries looked at as soon as you can. Also, on the scene, if you are able to before they whisk you away on an ambulance or before you take yourself to urgent care, gather evidence. You can also have someone come onto the scene on your behalf.
Most importantly, do not leave the scene or the bus itself without telling someone you have been hurt and filing an official report. If there was an accident on board and you want compensation for your injuries, you want to make sure they have a way of proving you were there when it happened.
We have experience handling bus accident cases just like yours and we want to help. If you have been seriously injured in a bus accident and need dependable representation, our Georgia bus accident lawyers are here to guide you through your case.
We will hold the liable party responsible for their actions and be there to protect your rights from their insurance company. Your case is important to us and we urge you to give our office a call today to set up a free initial consultation to go over the details of your case.