Aug 8, 2017
Even though we commuters do our best, accidents happen and our daily commute will never be perfectly safe. For those of you that bus to work, it’s worth remembering that not only can buses become involved in motor vehicle accidents, but can be the site of many other different kinds of injuries — you could be shoved, or caught in the door, or lose your footing and fall if the bus comes to a quick stop.
If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident while riding a bus, regardless of who might be at fault, there are few things you should do after the accident, when you have the opportunity (of course, never delay getting treatment for any injuries!):
- Take Down the Date and Time: Note the date and time the accident occurred, and the location of the accident.
- Record Any Other Observations: Write down any observations you made, or what you remember, about the bus driver, the bus number, the road conditions, and the chain of events that occurred from the time you boarded the bus until after the accident occurred. If possible, take pictures or video footage of the scene of the accident.
- Speak to Witnesses: If there were any witnesses to the accident, including other passengers on the bus, speak to them and get their contact information if they’re willing.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all advice after you’ve done all that. It isn’t always easy to tell who was at fault, and what rights you might have. When you get to that point, consider giving The Morris Law Group a call – we have the expertise to help you navigate what can be a complex and intimidating process, and make sure you know what you’re entitled to.