Bus accident victims: what you need to know and do to get the compensation you deserve
If you or a loved one have been involved in a Wilkes-Barre bus accident, injuries, trauma, damages, life changes, and, in the worst-case scenarios, death is a possible outcome. The trauma of being in this sort of accident and managing its aftermath can be overwhelming. You want and need to seek the compensation that you need and are entitled to.
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to a bus accident, Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’ Wilkes-Barre bus accident lawyers can help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild your life. We represent bus passengers as well as drivers of other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists who were hit by a bus. We have experience dealing with commercial transportation negotiators and a track record to show our successes.
Our consultation is free, and there’s no charge for our services unless we win your case — call your Wilkes-Barre bus accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today.
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What Are the Most Common Causes of Wilkes-Barre Bus Accidents?
Negligence is commonly the number one cause of bus accidents to occur in Wilkes-Barre. Some forms of negligence include:
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Bus driver error
- Aggressive driving or speeding
- Intoxicated driving
- Bus mechanical failure
In the case of negligence, sometimes more than one entity can be the at-fault party, and not just the bus driver. Some parties who may be at fault for the accident include but are not limited to:
- The bus company may not have trained the bus driver properly or did not appropriately screen the driver before hiring
- The manufacturers may be responsible if the vehicle was faulty, such as defective brakes or tires
- Uncared for roads during inclement weather, damaged roads, and damaged bridges may leave the government (city or state) as the liable 3rd party
What You Should Do At the Scene of a Bus Accident
If you have been involved in a bus accident, remain calm and seek medical attention. The following will help you identify what to do at the scene of the bus accident, and will help to steer your compensation and its timeliness:
- Try to remain in your vehicle if it is safe to do so.
- Call 911 and file a police report. Take down the name and badge number of the officer you converse with; always take a record of your interactions as best you can
- Take pictures to document physical and material damages
- Obtain witness names, statements, and contact info if you can
- Seek medical treatment, even if you do not feel that you need it at the onset of your accident. The medical reports will be extremely helpful in validating your case and timelines
What shouldn’t do at the scene of a bus accident
Do not give subjective, opinionated statements. Do not speak to another driver’s insurance company; file your own claim and collect all of your proof. No comments — not even “I’m OK.” Share your contact information and insurance carrier info if necessary.
Commercial companies have huge teams ready to fight and will empathize with you and attempt to get favorable statements (that do not place them at fault). Sometimes, commercial companies will even attempt to tamper with the accident scene and evidence, to eliminate evidence that would make them be at fault. Commercial buses and municipal buses are huge entities that are very experienced, and you need a lawyer with equal experience in handling these complex cases. Contact the Wilkes-Barre bus accident lawyers at Munley Law immediately following a bus accident.
What Are the Common Types of Bus Accident Injuries?
Bus accident injuries can seem minimalistic at first, and later surface. It is crucial to have a proper exam and to have a medical professional document everything; documentation is what will assist you when negotiations begin to surface. Common injuries include:
- Neck and head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures, broken bones
If you suffered any of these injuries while riding on a bus in Wilkes-Barre, you may have a claim against the bus company. Your next steps are very important to retaining compensation for your injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you did suffer any of these injuries, make sure you do the following to keep a track of your expenses:
- Record your doctor appointments, times, and how you feel
- Keep all receipts from medical appointments, therapies, and medicines
- Speak with an experienced Wilkes-Barre bus accident lawyer
How Long Do I Have to File a Bus Accident Claim?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations affords two years from the date of the accident to seek compensation; however, in order to bring legal action against a government entity or employee, you must provide written notice to that government agency within six months of the incident. This is why it is extremely important to speak with a lawyer who can advise you as to how to proceed and take action on your behalf in a timely manner.
Contact a Wilkes-Barre Bus Accident Lawyer Now For a Free Consultation
Whether your bus accident was the fault of a negligent bus driver or another motorist, Wilkes-Barre Munley Law’s Personal injury bus accident lawyers will help you to get the maximum recovery for your injuries and your trauma. If you are acting on behalf of a loved one who tragically lost their life, we have the resources and team to help you at this incredibly difficult time. We have the knowledge, experience, track record, and qualifications to get you the justice you deserve and we know how to win your bus accident case. Choose the best bus accident lawyers available. Choose Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, and work with an experienced bus accident attorney who you can trust. Call us or contact us on our easy-to-use online form. Our Wilkes-Barre bus accident lawyers are waiting to hear from you.
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