With each passing year, public transit is becoming the sole form of transportation for many people. So, it’s no surprise bus accidents are also becoming more and more common. Considering that the statute of limitations in Washington State to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim is only three short years, it is essential that victims of a bus accident act fast or risk the loss of lawful compensation from the guilty parties. There are multiple types of bus accidents, so the first step one can take is to hire an attorney with experience in handling the countless number of cases and situations which arise from a bus accident.
Every year, upwards of 24,000 people in the United States find themselves victims of a bus accident. Whether the victims are other motorists, passengers, bicyclists, or pedestrians, a bus accident is a serious matter and often quite dangerous. An accident involving another vehicle is, by far, the most common cause of these incidents.
The party at fault is where a bus accident differs from one involving a normal automobile. Often the driver of a bus is the employee of a transit authority, a school district, or even a private company. Identifying exactly which party is liable can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Hiring an experienced attorney to navigate this confusing labyrinth is likely the wisest decision one can make after being involved in a bus accident.
According to statistics, most bus accidents are due to human error. Whether this error is the fault of the actual bus driver or of another driver, it is important to determine who is at fault for the accident. If the responding police officer decides the bus driver is at fault, then whoever employs the driver is likely responsible for any injuries or damages you may have suffered.
Accidents caused by a bus driver can happen for a variety of reasons. The driver could be overworked, inadequately trained, or just outright reckless. Other times accidents occur simply because a bus is huge and unwieldy. Blind spots are one of the most common reasons cited for bus-related accidents. Poor vehicle maintenance, such as blown tires, engine failure, and even faulty interior furnishings, seats, malfunctioning doors, and handrails, can lead to injuries and other physical ailments. Hiring an experienced attorney to advocate for your interests is often the first and best choice you can make after a bus accident.
If you are ever unlucky enough to be involved in a bus accident the first step you should do is to file a report with a police officer. If one doesn’t arrive on the scene, you should do your best to contact the local sheriff’s office as soon as possible. You should also jot down the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Additional witnesses will help avoid a situation where it’s your word against theirs. If possible, you should also take photos of the scene and of any injuries you or others may have suffered. Documented evidence goes a long way in building a viable case. If you do require medical assistance, keep track of any and all medical providers related to the accident.
Most importantly, do not sign any documents without first speaking to a lawyer. Private corporations, insurance companies, and third-parties are more worried about protecting their interests instead of your own. The Advocates at Advocates Law have a team of lawyers who will put you and your well-being first and will work tirelessly to make sure you receive maximum compensation for whatever loss you may have suffered. Don’t wait to call The Advocates today to get the ball rolling on your case.