Many individuals rely on buses and other forms of mass transit to get them from place to place. Unfortunately, bus accidents do happen and can result in severe injuries. If you have recently been injured in a bus accident, you may be wondering about your options for recovering compensation in a personal injury claim. Continue reading to learn the steps you should take following a bus accident that will increase your chances of filing a successful claim. Give our firm a call today to learn more.
What are the most common causes of bus accidents?
The following are the most common causes of bus accidents:
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Failing to obey all other rules and regulations of the road
- Failing to account for the size of the bus
- Negligently discharging passengers
What steps should I take after being injured in a bus accident?
If you have been recently injured in a bus accident, it is important to have a plan. Take the following steps while you are still at the scene of your accident:
- Call the police. They will bring medical attention to the scene and redirect traffic if necessary. The police will also document the accident by conducting a police report.
- While you wait for the ambulance, if possible, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment immediately.
- Once you have been treated for your injuries, collect all medical documentation relating to the incident.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal. Your attorney will also collect further evidence to support your claim such as surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.
How long do I have to take legal action after being involved in a bus accident in Florida?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years. This means that you will have four years from the date of your bus accident to take action against the negligent party. This is important to understand because failure to file your claim within this time period may result in you being time-barred from suing. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. To begin this process today, give our knowledgeable personal injury legal team a call.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Firm
If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you need an attorney who truly cares about your right to heal. Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.