Buses transport passengers to work, school, church, and other destinations. Many people rely on GoRaleigh buses as a mode of public transportation to get around the city.
However, buses also present certain risks. Bus accidents are more common than many people realize. The size of these vehicles can make any collision involving a bus life-threatening, particularly for occupants of smaller vehicles.
If you have suffered injuries, a bus accident lawyer at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. can help you seek just compensation for your losses. Call our team today at 919-661-9000 or contact us online for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.
What To Do After a Bus Accident
The steps you take after being injured in a bus accident can make all the difference to your ability to file a successful injury claim and collect compensation for your losses. Whether you were a bus passenger, a motorist in another vehicle struck by a bus, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, you should take the following steps.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Bus accidents can feel shocking and overwhelming. In the immediate aftermath, you might be tempted to downplay minor injuries. You might not even realize that you have suffered any harm. The adrenaline your body releases after an accident can mask the pain of an injury. A trained medical professional can assess you to determine whether you require treatment. Certain injuries, such as concussions, may not be immediately apparent except to a trained medical professional.
When you visit a doctor right after a bus accident, you will have documentation that links your injuries to the collision. The evidence will make it more difficult for an insurance adjuster to deny a connection between the crash and your injuries.
If you are well enough to do so, try to collect as much evidence as you can about the accident, including:
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Identification information of the bus driver
- Names and contact information of any eyewitnesses
- Documentation of your accident-related expenses (medical bills, vehicle repair invoices, etc.)
Speak with an Experienced North Carolina Bus Accident Attorney
Consulting with a qualified personal injury lawyer can help you understand whether you have a valid bus accident claim. The sooner you consult with one of our attorneys, the sooner we can start building a solid claim on your behalf.